Pero Antic scored the final four points for the Atlanta Hawks last night, all from the free throw line, giving the Hawks a 112-109 victory over the Orlando Magic. The four points added to Atnic’s 10 point 12 rebound performance. However it all seemed to come at a price for Atlanta based on a relase from the Hawks public relations department:
“Atlanta Hawks forward/center Pero Antic suffered a mild right ankle sprain against the Brooklyn Nets in London on Jan. 16. X-rays taken following the game were negative and he continued to play without missing games. An MRI and examination today by Dr. Ashok Reddy at Peachtree Orthopaedics in Atlanta revealed a stress fracture to his right ankle. He will now be placed in a protective walking boot. The expected recovery time is approximately two-to-four weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.”
Antic was a solid contributor early on for the Hawks, but has become much more than that since the Hawks’ leading scorer, Al Horford, went down with a season ending pectoral tear. Antic has started the last 8 games for the Hawks and has averaged 11.3 points per game over the stretch. Antic was in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and 3-point percentage among rookies who qualified.
However, the Hawks’ also received some positive news in regards to forward DeMarre Carroll. Again from the Hawks public relations department:
“Forward DeMarre Carroll left last night’s game at Orlando in the third quarter due to left hamstring irritation. After receiving treatment today and being seen by Dr. Reddy, it was determined he has a mild left hamstring strain. His status is listed as day-to-day”
Carroll had 17 points and was 6-7 from the field before going down with the hamstring injury last night. Although Carroll has been a contributor for the Hawks on the offensive end, his biggest contributions come on the defensive end, where he normally draws the assignment of the oppositions top scorer.