Previously when people spoke about the Eastern Conference they would refer as the 'weaker' conference. That has changed, as the East is loaded with teams that can make the playoffs this year.
One of them is the Atlanta Hawks, who led by All-Star Trae Young, are trying to stay above water and remain candidates for a spot, at least, in the 'play-in' game at the end of the regular season.
Atlanta will have to continue their big quest without one of their best players.
The team confirmed De'Andre Hunter will undergo meniscus surgery and will be sidelined at least two weeks.
An @emoryhealthcare injury update:— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 7, 2021
D. Hunter will undergo a lateral meniscus arthroscopic debridement procedure on Monday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Kyle Hammond, the Hawks’ team orthopaedist. An update on his recovery plan will be provided in approximately two weeks. pic.twitter.com/2rFBKKZ1CA
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft hasn't played since January 29 against the Washington Wizards.
Prior to the injury, Hunter was averaging 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on efficient shooting splits. He was also playing a big role in the Hawks defense.