Hawks Jalen Johnson could miss up to four weeks with left wrist injury

Atlanta Hawks forward Jalen Johnson (1) scores in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Atlanta Hawks forward Jalen Johnson (1) scores in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

BOSTON — Hawks forward Jalen Johnson could miss up to four weeks, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The team announced that Johnson had been diagnosed with a left distal radius fracture after he had an X-ray last night in Washington and an MRI this morning in Boston. The team will re-evaluate him in three to four weeks. That re-evaluation may or may not signify Johnson’s return to play.

Johnson, 21, left Saturday night’s game against the Wizards after a hard foul sent him flying out of bounds into the stanchion before crashing into the ground. Johnson landed on his left hand and came up grimacing in pain and took a substantial amount of time to gather himself to take his free throws. He split them, making the second with only his right hand, his shooting hand.

Upon leaving the game, Johnson immediately went to the team’s locker room.

Following the game, Hawks coach Quin Snyder shared that officials determined that Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma made a defensive play on the ball when asked why the foul had not been further reviewed.

The Hawks did not release a formal update on Johnson’s injury until Sunday afternoon but they already ruled the forward out for the team’s game against the Celtics. According to a person familiar with the situation, Johnson would undergo further testing on his wrist over the next couple of days to determine the extent of the injury.

Johnson has had a breakout season through the Hawks first 15 games, where he has averaged 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He’s made 59.1% of his overall shots from the floor and 42.5% of his attempts from 3, with 1.1 steals and one block per game.

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