Second-year wing DeAndre’ Bembry performed well for the Atlanta Hawks in a season-opening win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. However, the former St. Joseph’s standout suffered a fractured right wrist along the way and that ailment will keep him out for Friday’s contest against the Charlotte Hornets at the very least.
The Hawks announced on Friday evening that Bembry underwent an MRI earlier this week and that “he will return to Atlanta following tonight’s game in Charlotte and meet with team physicians from Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center on Monday, Oct. 23.” Bembry was first added to the injury report with the ailment on Friday afternoon.
Of course, there is no reason to risk Bembry’s future (both immediate and long-term) by pushing through an injury at this point in the calendar and sanity prevails in that way. Still, it is definitely concerning to hear “fracture” associated with a member of the young core and the next step will be quite interesting as a result.
In the absence of Bembry, the Hawks could rely more heavily on Marco Belinelli as a bench wing option, with the implementation of players like Nico Brussino and Tyler Dorsey also a possibility. Beyond that, Mike Budenholzer could turn to additional two-point guard lineups featuring Malcolm Delaney alongside Dennis Schröder.