For the Atlanta Hawks at this point, staying healthy is the only priority. Atlanta couldn't escape Monday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks without being bitten by the injury bug again as Dennis Schroder went down with a toe injury with just over nine minutes to go in the second quarter.
Schroder was helped off the floor and eventually to the locker room area. Following the game, the team announced that Schroder would not travel with the team to Detroit for Tuesday's game and would be re-evaluated by Peachtree Orthopedics.
Schroder has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season for the Hawks. The second-year guard is averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 42 percent from the field. Schroder has picked his play up considerably during the second half of the season. In 20 games since the All-Star break he is averaging 13.2 points and 6.0 assists.
Perhaps the most impressive improvement Schroder has made is with his three-point shooting. He shot just 29 percent from three-point range over the first 52 games but is shooting 42 percent since the break. That has really put the pressure on defenders who continually countered his quickness by ducking under screens in an effort to cut off his drives to the basket. Now he is making them pay with his shooting and is forcing opponents into making tough decisions with how to guard him.
Hopefully, Schroder's injury isn't very serious and he will be back soon. Forward Mike Scott was on the court doing some shooting prior to Monday's game and could return from a sprained toe soon. Jeff Teague sat out two games with an ankle injury but returned to the court on Monday night logging 29 minutes.