ATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter will miss the rest of the season; the team announced on Thursday.
From the Hawks:
Prior to Game 1 against Philadelphia, forward De’Andre Hunter began experiencing some mild swelling in his right knee. Head Team Physician Dr. Kenneth Mautner and Head Orthopaedist Dr. Kyle Hammond examined Hunter and suggested an MRI. The initial review revealed a new small tear of the lateral meniscus. Films from the MRI were sent to Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles for a second opinion, who earlier today confirmed the tear and recommended surgery. Hunter is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles this weekend and undergo surgery to the lateral meniscus on Tuesday with Dr. ElAttrache. He will miss the remainder of the postseason and future updates will be provided as appropriate
Hunter has dealt with right knee soreness most of the season and has missed 46 games. He’s had two separate non-surgical procedures to help with the injury.
The Hawks will try to take a 2-1 lead over Philadelphia in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday at home. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Hunter has provided the Hawks with some big minutes throughout the season, averaging 15 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.