Atlanta Hawks second-year sharpshooter John Jenkins will miss his third straight preseason game and won’t play against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
John Jenkins (lower back spasms) will not travel with #ATLHawks for exhibition vs. Pelicans.
— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) October 12, 2013
Jenkins is still dealing with recurring lower back spasms that have plagued him for the past week. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jenkins “was experiencing lower back spasms at [last] Sunday’s practice,” prior to Monday’s preseason opener against the Heat in Miami. As a result, Coach Budenholzer decided to leave Jenkins behind in Atlanta during the first two preseason games for “precautionary reasons.”
“We are just being extra cautious and making sure we keep him healthy and take our time,” Budenholzer said last week. “We want to make sure he is OK.”
It would be safe to assume that Jenkins not traveling with the team for the Pelicans game Sunday should also be considered “precautionary.”
Jenkins had to shut himself down for two months during the summer because of a small ligament tear in his back he discovered after returning from summer league play in Las Vegas. However, he had said he was back to 100 percent the day before training camp started.
“I wasn’t hurt that bad,” Jenkins said. “I fought through it. I thought it was just a tight muscle. After summer league I got it checked out. … I played on it when I probably shouldn’t have. I had to pay for it by sitting out two months.”
Jenkins is going to be a huge part of the Hawks’ success this year, especially with fellow shooting guard Lou Williams likely to miss the first couple months recovering from an ACL injury, and needs to be 100 percent when the regular-season starts up.
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