Atlanta Hawks: What Cam Reddish being upgraded means for the team

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The Atlanta Hawks are having some injury issues prior to the first game of their Eastern Conference matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. According to the injury report, they have De’Andre Hunter and Brandon Goodwin listed as out, and Kevin Huerter and probable which is concerning after his Game 7 heroics.

The Hawks also have two players listed as questionable. These are Bogdan Bogdanovic and Cam Reddish. Bogdanovic is likely to play but could be limited due to his knee injury. However, it is the last name on the list which is of the most interest.

Reddish only played 26 games this season, averaged 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 28.8 minutes per game. He did struggle from deep during these games, only hitting 26.2 percent of his looks. However, it is his defense which the Hawks will be looking forward to.

The Atlanta Hawks will need Cam Reddish

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The Bucks have two main superstars with a number of really good complementary pieces. Their biggest star is obviously the two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo who is very hard to stop. However, he will not be Reddish’s primary assignment when he is on the court.

The Bucks’ second star is their small forward Khris Middleton who is also the team’s closer. His shooting ability, particularly down the stretch, is what Reddish is going to come up against. He has the ability to deny Middleton the ball, but also the size to defend the 6’7″ Bucks star.

The problem the Hawks face in this series is they are a little thin at the wing position. Hunter is out for the season while both Huerter and Bogdanovic are carrying injuries. They do have Solomon Hill who is a savvy defender, but his lack of offense can become a problem.

It is a similar situation with Tony Snell, who seems to only take the shots he knows he can hit but his volume is not enough to hurt the opposition. Hill is also a good option to take on Antetokounmpo as he makes life reasonably difficult for the Bucks main man, Snell would struggle with this matchup.

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However, what this does is give coach Nate McMillan options to go with at any point of the game. Cam Reddish could still make a huge difference in the series.