Atlanta Hawks point guard Shelvin Mack exited the team's win over the Chicago Bulls as a result of a left calf strain, and it appears that it will cost him multiple games. Head coach Mike Budenholzer said that Mack will miss a "minimum of a week" with the calf injury, and he is officially out for Monday afternoon's game against the Detroit Pistons.
The 24-year-old Mack has been reduced to being the third point guard for most of the season, in conjunction with the emergence of Dennis Schröder, but most teams envy Atlanta's depth at the position. Mack is averaging 4.5 points and 2.8 assists per game in only 13.7 minutes per contest this season, but even while shooting only 37.3% from the field, he has been a valuable contributor in steadying the offense and "running the show" when deployed.
Dennis Schröder, fresh off a DNP on Saturday night, is available to play on Monday, per Budenholzer. Schröder's absence was somewhat of a mystery, with conflicting reports about his availability, but with Mack on the sideline, it is expected that the second-year guard will see extended time in relief of Jeff Teague.
Aside from Mack, the Atlanta Hawks will have no player injury/rest restrictions in this game, leaving the team at near full-strength against the Pistons. Stay tuned.