It seems Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre Hunter simply can't catch a break. Just a few games into his supposed comeback season, he is set to miss extended time yet again.
Last season, Hunter only suited up for 23 games for the Hawks due to a right knee injury, derailing what was expected as a strong sophomore stint after playing solidly in his rookie year. Now, he could miss up to two months after injuring the tendon in his right wrist on November 8 against the Golden State Warriors (via The Athletic's Shams Charania).
Hawks‘ De’Andre Hunter will undergo surgery on a tendon injury in his right wrist and miss approximately two months.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 15, 2021
The latest setback should be very frustrating for Hunter, who was averaging 10.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in their first 11 games. He regained his starting spot and was playing well on both ends for the Hawks.
Without the 23-year-old former Virginia standout, the Hawks had a dominant win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night, 120-100 to snap their six-game skid. Trae Young led the way with a season-high 42 points, including eight three-pointers.
Kevin Huerter started in place of Hunter and contributed 11 points and six rebounds.
Hunter was seen as a key piece to the Hawks under the first full season of coach Nate McMillan. But with him returning on the sidelines, Huerter, Cam Reddish, Danilo Gallinari, and Solomon Hill all have to carry the extra load.
The Hawks can go for back-to-back wins without Hunter on Monday against the Orlando Magic.