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Bogdan Bogdanovic diagnosed with avulsion fracture, bone bruise in right knee

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The Atlanta Hawks suffered their fourth consecutive loss on Saturday evening, falling to the Charlotte Hornets in frustrating fashion. While that win-loss result was unfavorable, the Hawks are also battling significant injury issues, including the loss of veteran wing Bogdan Bogdanovic with what the team referred to as a right knee injury during Saturday’s defeat.

In an early afternoon media availability on Sunday, Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce revealed that Bogdanovic was undergoing an MRI at Emory Sports Medicine Complex. Hours later, the Hawks announced that Bogdanovic “has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his right knee with associated soft tissue inflammation and a bone bruise.”

At this time, there is no definitive timetable for his recovery and return. The Hawks say his treatment plan is being reviewed and will be updated later this week.

The injury occurred late in the first half after a collision with LaMelo Ball near mid-court.

After averaging a career-best 15.1 points per game in 2019-20 with the Sacramento Kings, Bogdanovic is averaging 9.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in nine appearances for the Hawks, shooting 38.5 percent from the floor and 36.2 percent from three-point range. His minutes have been limited to 23.7 per game in 2020-21, in part due to a pair of early, injury-related exists, but Bogdanovic joined the starting lineup on Saturday, replacing Cam Reddish alongside Trae Young, De’Andre Hunter, John Collins and Clint Capela.

In his absence, the Hawks will lean heavily on Hunter, Reddish and Kevin Huerter on the wing. Veteran Tony Snell could also join the rotation as he returns from an injury-related absence, and he is listed as probable for Monday’s game against Philadelphia.

Stay tuned.