Atlanta Hawks backup center Pero Antic has reportedly been updated as “day-to-day” with a stress fracture in his right ankle, according to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.
Viv reported that Antic was a “limited practice participant” at Friday’s practice.
This comes as good news as Antic has apparently improved since the news release the Hawks issued on February 19 stating in part that Antic “continues to feel minor discomfort while conducting certain rehabilitation activities and the timeline for his return to normal basketball activity is indefinite.”
The Hawks have been very thin in the frontcourt with only 14-year veteran Elton Brand, the fourth-stringer, healthy enough to play center. All-Star center Al Horford suffered a torn pectoral injury on December 26 and had season-ending surgery five days later, while third-stringer Gustavo Ayon recently underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Friday.
All-Star power forward Paul Millsap has also missed some time as a right knee contusion has sidelined him the past three games. It’s been confirmed the injury will cost him a fourth straight game as he’s already been ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Suns.
With the slew of injuries, Atlanta had to add some much-needed depth and recently signed 2013 second-round draft pick in 6’11″ Mike Muscala after buying out his Spanish league contract.
Hopefully Antic will be able to return in the next few games to help out Brand and the raw rookie Muscala as the Hawks embark on a five-game West Coast road trip starting on Sunday in Phoenix.
Check back for updates.