He averaged 10.8 points per game in that series and certainly was a big help on defense, but didn’t fully look like the player he was before that initial injury. More time to recover may benefit Hunter, as he’s returned to the court a few times but is still experiencing knee swelling.
He was a game-time decision for games 1 and 2 against the 76ers, with interim coach Nate McMillan saying the Hawks would take a cautious approach with Hunter’s injury.
“We absolutely miss him. ... We certainly are a better ballclub when he’s out on the floor with us, because he just does so many things,” McMillan said of Hunter after their Game 2 loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday. “Not only can he defend multiple positions, but he’s also an option on the offensive end of the floor.”