Hawks’ Kevin Huerter on shoulder injury: I’m ‘feeling more like myself’
Atlanta Hawks small forward Kevin Huerter was diagnosed with a left rotator cuff strain with an associated shoulder capsule strain on Nov. 14. He’s been out ever since.
However, the talented youngster says he’s “feeling more like myself” everyday.
Kevin Huerter on his shoulder: "Every day, it's kind of like waking up & feeling more like myself. Now it's just incorporating a lot of contact, playing against coaches, getting in practice, playing against players, & that's kind of the next step of getting back on the court."
— Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) December 1, 2019
Huerter has appeared in 10 games this season for the Hawks. He’s averaging 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Hawks are 4-15 on the season. They have lost nine games in a row.
As a rookie last season, Huerter put up 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 75 games. He’s part of the Hawks’ young core headlined by Trae Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter.
Former No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker will have to continue his strong play with Huerter still out. Parker is averaging 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists on the season. He’s shooting 50.6 percent overall, 28.0 percent from the 3-point line and 72.2 percent from the charity stripe.
The Hawks haven’t been to the playoffs since 2017. If they want to snap that streak this season, Atlanta has to get on a winning streak fast.
Getting Huerter back in the lineup will help the Hawks win more games in the future.