Inarguably the most consistent player on the Hawks this season left last Friday’s game against the Wizards in the first half and never returned. The initial diagnosis was wear-and-tear on De’Andre Hunter’s knee, and he was supposed to be re-evaluated today, but it looks like that got pushed back. According to The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner, Atlanta’s starting small forward will miss tonight’s game against the Mavs and be re-evaluated at a later date.
No update on De'Andre Hunter yet, Lloyd Pierce says. He is out tonight though
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) February 3, 2021
Outside of Trae Young and John Collins, Hunter has easily been the Hawks third-best player, and you can make the argument that he’s been even better than Collins. Hunter’s averaging over 17 points per game on 51.4% shooting from the field and 36.6% from behind the arc while also leading the team on the perimeter defensively. He was dearly missed on Monday in a close loss to the Lakers, and it continues a trend of key Hawks players missing time early in the season. In his absence, expect Cam Reddish to keep starting at the small forward spot.