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Brandon Goodwin to miss remainder of 2020-21 season with respiratory condition

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NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks returned to practice on Tuesday in preparation for the team’s first round series against New York Knicks. While much of the focus is on that matchup and how the team will fare in its return to the postseason for the first time since 2017, the Hawks released an unfortunate injury update on Tuesday evening. Per a team announcement, reserve guard Brandon Goodwin “has been diagnosed with a minor respiratory condition which requires treatment and will keep him out the remainder of the season.”

At this time, no further details are available with regard to Goodwin’s condition. He was listed as out with “flu-like symptoms” for Atlanta’s regular season finale on Sunday against the Houston Rockets.

Shortly after the announcement, Goodwin posted an encouraging message on Twitter.

Goodwin, who is 25 years old, appeared in 49 games this season, making five starts and averaging 13.2 minutes per game. The local product was a prominent rotation piece at times when the Hawks were navigating injury issues, and he scored in double figures on six occasions during the 2020-21 campaign.

With Goodwin sidelined and Kris Dunn missing the regular season finale with a left ankle impingement, the Hawks are now a bit shorthanded in the backcourt. Trae Young and Lou Williams project as rotation players for the postseason, but Atlanta’s depth takes a hit with Goodwin’s absence.

More important, however, is Goodwin’s health and hopefully this is not an issue that will affect him long term.

Stay tuned.