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Hawks’ Kevin Huerter suffers rotator cuff strain, out at least two weeks

Hawks, Kevin Huerter

Atlanta Hawks small forward Kevin Huerter has been diagnosed with a left rotator cuff strain with an associated shoulder capsule strain.

Huerter will enter a period of rehab and treatment. He will be re-examined in two weeks.

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 4-6 on the season. They are coming off a road win against the Denver Nuggets.

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 now that Huerter is out. Parker is averaging 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists on the season. He’s shooting 55.2 percent overall, 26.8 percent from the 3-point line and 70.4 percent from the charity stripe.

The Hawks haven’t been to the playoffs since 2017. With Young leading the way, Atlanta has a good chance of making the postseason this year.

Young has been playing like an All-Star so far this season. He’s putting up 28.0 points and 8.7 assists.