Atlanta Hawks’ center Dwight Howard suffered an injury to his left quad in Tuesday’s win over the Heat.
Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard is sitting out Wednesday’s game against the Bucks after suffering a contusion on his left quad in Tuesday’s matchup with the Heat. Howard sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Hawks’ 93-90 win and did not return to the court. When asked about the injury, he described it as “super painful.”
Howard is averaging 14.8 PPG, 12.3 RPG, and has shot 62.2% from the field. Mike Muscala will is getting the start in place of Howard on Wednesday. No further updates on the recovery time for the injury have been released.
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If Dwight Howard cannot return soon for the Hawks it could slow down what has been a fast start for one of the few teams capable of challenging the Cavs in the East. Howard’s absence was obvious early in tonight’s game against the Bucks. The Hawks struggled to play solid defense in the paint early in the game and missed Howard’s abilities.
They have struggled in the 3rd and 4th without Howard as well allowing a lot of points in the paint and missing rebounds that Howard would usually defended or caught. If the injury persists to be a long term problem for Howard it could be a serious one for the Hawks at a position that they do not have as much talented depth after spending big on Dwight Howard.
The Hawks are taking on the Bucks in a tightly fought game this evening and will be taking on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night on Fox Sports.