Atlanta Hawks Dealt Tough Injury Blow

The Atlanta Hawks will be moving on shorthanded for the next couple of months as forward De'Andre Hunter will undergo surgery to repair an injured tendon in his right wrist and will be out approximately eight weeks.

The 23-year-old suffered the injury during the November 8 matchup against the Golden State Warriors and now the Hawks have a hole in their starting lineup. The starting small forward has started all 11 games he's appeared in this season and is averaging 10.8 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and he's seeing roughly 28 minutes of floor time a game.

The Hawks have been struggling so far this season and sit at 5-9, good for the bottom third of the Eastern Conference. Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks was a key victory to swing the momentum early on this season. 

Game notes from the 120-100 impressive win over the Bucks:

Trae Young scored a season-best 42 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 120-100 on Sunday night in a rematch of struggling teams that met in the Eastern Conference final. Young just missed a triple-double, finishing with 10 assists and eight rebounds to push the Hawks to a much-needed victory. John Collins added 19 points for the Hawks, and Clint Capela had 13 rebounds. That duo also did a solid job guarding Antetokounmpo, who grumbled about a couple of offensive foul calls. The Hawks now host Orlando on Monday night, the second of five straight home games
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