Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter has been sidelined for about two weeks due to a shoulder injury, but according to the team, he’s making strides in returning. According to AJC’s Sarah K. Spencer, the Hawks have announced that Huerter has begun modified on-court work, and return-to-play rehab. However, Huerter will remain out for the Hawks upcoming three-game road trip.
Kevin Huerter has begun modified on-court work and return-to-play rehab, per the Hawks, but he won't play on their upcoming road trip (Bucks, Pacers, Rockets).
— Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) November 26, 2019
Huerter suffered a left rotator cuff strain with an associated shoulder capsule strain during Atlanta’s 125-121 victory against the Denver Nuggets last week, and has been rehabbing the injury every since. Huerter – who is averaging 9.3 points and 2.8 assists in 22.5 minutes per game – has been one of the Hawks key young players as they look to continue rebuilding.
So far, Huerter has been forced to miss seven games, and will miss at least three more, as the Hawks travel to play the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, and Houston Rockets. After their road trip, the Hawks have two games at home, starting on December 2nd against the Golden State Warriors, so perhaps Huerter will be able to resume playing then.
After starting out the season 2-0 and having some playoff hopes thanks to the Eastern Conference being a somewhat weaker conference at the bottom of the standings, the Hawks have since plummeted throughout the season. Despite Trae Young being one of the best young players in the game, the Hawks are currently 4-13, and have lost seven straight games.
There’s still time left to turn things around for the Hawks, but for the time being, it seems as if they will once again be looking forward to the NBA lottery.