Atlanta Hawks rookie big men Pero Antic and Mike Muscala each had career rebounding performances in Saturday night’s loss to the Washington Wizards.
Ususally, you would think two rookies setting new career marks would come in garbage time during a blowout, but Antic’s and Muscala’s performances came in a closely contested 101-97 defeat.
This is the fourth time this season Antic has posted double-digit rebounding totals. The 31-year-old rookie has pulled down 10 rebounds twice in the past two weeks.
Muscala’s previous career mark was five boards, which he set in his NBA debut on March 2 at Phoenix.
Muscala has appeared in 15 games this season with the Hawks after playing majority of the year in Spain, and is averaging 2.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Antic has been an unlikely important player this season, as he has had to fill in as the new starting center after All-Star center Al Horford suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in late December. He is averaging 7.1 points and 4.2 rebound per game, and has the fourth-highest total of made 3-pointers by a rookie in franchise history.