Kevin Huerter just returned from about a month off due to a shoulder injury he suffered in Denver and was progressing marvelously, but suffered a setback in Sunday’s contest against the Lakers, forcing him to exit the game.
Initially, Huerter said the injury felt similar yet not as severe as before, but the Hawks did not have an answer for how long he may be out, if at all. Thankfully, they know now, and the news is positive.
Huerter will play in tonight’s game against the Knicks without any minutes restriction. He had most recently been limited to 30 minutes against Los Angeles.
Kevin Huerter went through shoot around and is expected to play tonight without any restrictions minutes wise
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) December 17, 2019
In a season full of discouraging injuries thus far for the Hawks, this is one of the few times the diagnosis has come back without gloomy results. The difference between this team with and without Huerter on the floor is night and day. Trae Young needs a running mate in the backcourt. And while Cam Reddish is improving, he’s still not quite ready to take the reigns as a starter. Having Huerter out there will give Atlanta the chance to weather the storm until John Collins returns from his suspension.