Second-year guard John Jenkins will be out for Thursday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a back injury that has plagued him since the offseason per a report from the AJC's Chris Vivlamore. Jenkins sat out most of Thursday's shootaround.
We first learned of Jenkins' back injury at the start of the training camp. Apparently the injury was discovered sometime after summer league and forced Jenkins to be shut down for much of the offseason. He missed a large portion of training camp and has been seemingly playing catch up ever since.
Jenkins has appeared in just 13 games this season averaging 3.1 points while shooting 38 percent from the field. Vivlamore also reports that Cartier Martin is improving from an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last five games.
As far as the backcourt goes, the Hawks still appear to be in good shape with Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver as the starters with Shelvin Mack and Lou Williams the first two off the bench. Should Mike Budenholzer need to go deeper into his bench he could turn to rookie Dennis Schroöder.
The Cavaliers have injury concerns of their own at guard. Dion Waiters has missed the last four games with a wrist injury. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer he will be a gametime decision for tonight's game. Waiters scored a game-high 30 points in the previous meeting against the Hawks.