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Hawks’ Pero Antic Out 2-4 Weeks

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It’s tough for a team to replace the production of Al Horford, who has been sidelined after tearing his right pectoral muscle. The Atlanta Hawks, however, just received more bad news. Rookie center Pero Antic is out for the next two to four weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his right ankle. The injury occurred on January 16 against the Brooklyn Nets in London, but an MRI just revealed the injury on Thursday, according to the team.  He will be placed in a protective walking boot.

Antic had begun to step up his game recently, playing in at least 23 minutes in the last three contests and averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds. The 31-year-old is shooting 42.8 percent from the field this season, including 36.7 percent from three-point range.

With both Horford and Antic out, Elton Brand and Gustavo Ayon should be expected to be relied on more. Paul Millsap may have to pick up his play as well, though the 28-year-old is already having an All-Star-type season, scoring a career-high 17.7 points and grabbing down 8.3 rebounds through 40 games this season.

Oh, and forward DeMarre Caroll is day-to-day with a strained hamstring. Tough day for the Hawks.

 

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Gal Mekel Out 4-6 Weeks With Torn Meniscus

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Dallas Mavericks point guard Gal Mekel will be out four to six weeks after suffering a torn meniscus, an MRI revealed. The rookie will be forced to undergo surgery.

Mekel, 25, sat out Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers after experiencing soreness in his knee. He played through the pain in Monday’s game, dishing out a career-high 7 assists while turning the ball over just once against the Orlando Magic. Mekel is unsure of what triggered the injury.

“I don’t know what happened,” he told the Dallas Morning News. “It started getting sore in the first half. It just felt weird and it got swollen a little bit.”

In 30 games this season, Mekel has averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 assists in over 9 minutes per contest. He is the second-ever Israeli to play in the NBA, following Omri Casspi of the Houston Rockets.

 

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Injury information via David Pick