The Atlanta Hawks welcomed Tony Snell and Trae Young back last game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Both players had suffered ankle injuries and had missed quite a number of games. Then against the Chicago Bulls, the Hawks welcomed back Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter.
This means that the Hawks injury list is down to just two with Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter still not cleared to return to game action. This is tremendous news considering the Hawks had just endured a three-game losing streak and needed to win against the Bulls to steady their season.
Then the hearts of everyone associated with the Hawks went into their mouth during the Bulls game. Tony Snell drove the ball and landed awkwardly on Thaddeus Young, rolling his ankle. He got up and tested it while play was still going on but had to go back to the locker room.
The Atlanta Hawks finally had some good news on the injury front
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The Hawks finally had some good news on the injury front when they announced that Snell was able to return. Given how much luck the Hawks have had on the injury front, this was surprising and very welcome news.
Snell is a crucial piece for the Hawks and given that the Hawks are playing the next five games against some of the most talented guards in the game, Snell’s defensive acumen is certainly going to be required.
The Hawks are going to see Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum against the Portland Trail Blazers, Chris Paul and Devin Booker against the Phoneix Suns, and Malcolm Brogdon against the Indiana Pacers.
Then the Hawks face one of the toughest backcourts in the entire league. Russell Westbrook, who leads the league in triple-doubles and assists coupled with Bradley Beal who has led the league in scoring for most of the season. Snell is going to be required to help the Hawks sew up a direct playoff spot.