Atlanta Hawks combo guard Devin Harris is likely to return to the lineup Wednesday after missing the previous three straight games due to an ailing toe on his left foot.
Harris received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his toe last week by a New York-based specialist when the Hawks traveled to the Big Apple to play the Knicks in MSG. It was the second PRP shot he got this season. The first occurred during the All-Star break.
“It helps,” Harris told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday. “It’s sore for two or three days but when the soreness goes away and the swelling goes away you can see my movement after the All-Star break was a lot better. I’m able to change direction and speed like I want to.”
The injection, which is “designed to stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue”, usually lasts about a month. The decision to get the shot on April 3 was made knowing the playoffs were two weeks away.
The former all-star also received the same treatment in his knee this summer after the Hawks acquired him in exchange for moving Marvin Williams to Utah.
Harris has been great this season, averaging 9.9 points and 3.3 assists per contest, but has missed 22-of-23 overall games this season due to issues with his foot/toe.
The good news is he participated in Monday’s non-contact practice and should be good to go tonight in Philadelphia.
If the Hawks are going to make any noise in the playoffs, they’re going to need Harris healthy.