Hawks’ Mack out 3-4 months with shoulder separation

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Hawks’ Mack out 3-4 months with shoulder separation

Shelvin Mack will have surgery for a Grade 5 separation of the right shoulder on Tuesday. The Hawks guard said he would miss 3-4 months with the injury which included ligament damage.

“It’s pretty bad,” Mack said Thursday during exit interviews.

Mack was injured in the closing minutes of the season-ending Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.

“It was a freak accident,” Mack said. “I was cutting away from the ball and he was cutting at the same time. We just ran into each other, like in football and a receiver across the middle.”

Mack, wearing a shoulder sling, said he the sugery would take place in Atlanta. He expects to be back shooting before the start of training camp on Sept. 29.

Additionally, Paul Millsap said he would not require offseason surgery for the shoulder sprain he suffered in the final month of the season. He said he would talk to doctors again but felt he just needed rest.

“I don’t want to make any excuses, say that,” Millsap said when asked in the injury affected his postseason play. “I went out there and played the best I could do. I probably could have been better. Things happen. Situations change. I just got out there and played.”

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