REPORT: Hawks rookie De’Andre Hunter suffers dislocated finger
De’Andre Hunter suffered a dislocated right index finger in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game.
— Hawks PR (@HawksPR) December 3, 2019
Before sustaining the injury and leaving the game, Hunter dropped 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3PT, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 32 minutes. His contributions were enough for the Hawks to pull off a 104-79 victory.
After the game, the fourth overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft spoke about the injury — which was a bittersweet one as he was celebrating his birthday when it occurred. Fortunately for Hunter, they got the win to snap their 10-game skid.
De'Andre Hunter scored 18 points on his 22nd birthday. 🎂
He also sounded upbeat after dislocating his right index finger late in the game. pic.twitter.com/pZOS7dnSC1
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 3, 2019
It has been a solid rookie campaign for Hunter thus far. He is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds across 31.7 minutes per contest.
Moreover, head coach Lloyd Pierce has inserted him into the starting line up which has sped up his development. While it was born out of necessity after John Collins was handed a 25-game suspension for doping, it’s safe to say that Hunter has stepped up to fill the void.
As such, it will be interesting to see how the Hawks will adjust if Hunter does indeed miss several games. Trae Young has been nothing but superb this season, but Atlanta’s win-loss record — which stands at 5-16 — clearly shows that he needs more help.