Pero Antic will be kept out for 2-4 weeks with what is being called a stress fracture in his right ankle. He reportedly suffered this fracture sometime after the game in London against the Brooklyn Nets. He was declared as having a mild sprain in the area after the London game, but postgame X-Rays were negative for fractures, and appeared in the next two games in wins against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, logging 28 points and 18 rebounds in those two matches combined. But on Thursday, Atlanta area doctors did a follow-up exam and gave the less than favorable diagnosis, which is a big blow to the Hawks.
It comes at the worst possible time for Atlanta, as Antic was playing extremely well in recent action this season. The 31-year-old Macedonian rookie has made a name for himself with a barrage of three pointers and stout defensive play at center position for the Hawks.
Antic started the last eight games for Atlanta, and in those games he averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds per game on 43% shooting from three and 49% shooting overall.
This leaves the Hawks with a very thin frontline. Al Horford is out for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle and Gustavo Ayón is still battling back spasms.
Look for the reliable Elton Brand to get the start at center next to Paul Millsap in the games ahead.