Despite losing two key players from the team that had an incredible run two years ago, the Hawks are off to a great start to the season. That’s thanks in large part to newly acquired center Dwight Howard, who has seen a resurgence under the Hawks system. If the Hawks are to continue their run of good form, they’ll need Dwight to stay healthy, as they just took another blow to their depth at center.
Brazilian international Tiago Splitter injured his hamstring earlier in the year and has been working hard at rehab. Unfortunately, he put in a little too much work, and managed to injure his leg further. The Hawks issued a press release with the full details:
“While rehabbing from off-season hip surgery and related hamstring strain, Atlanta Hawks forward/center Tiago Splitter sustained a grade 2 right calf strain. An MRI performed at the Emory Orthopedics & Spine Center confirmed the injury.”
“He will be out a minimum of six weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.”
To date, Splitter has missed 63 regular season and 10 playoff games with the Hawks. His size and shooting ability make him a valuable back up to Howard, though his defensive abilities haven’t been needed yet this season. The Hawks have proved excellent on defense thanks to the combination of Dwight Howard and Paul Milsap. The versatile forward and dominant center tandum give the Hawks a fearsome inside-outside game that is difficult to defend.