Hawks’ Shelvin Mack suffered ‘pretty bad’ shoulder separation against Cavaliers

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Between Thabo Sefolosha, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Al Horford, the Hawks faced far too many injuries during the playoffs.

To rub salt in the wound, there was one more during garbage time of Atlanta’s elimination loss to the Cavaliers.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

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.

The good news for Mack: His contract is fully guaranteed for next season.

The good news for the Hawks: Jeff Teague is their starter, and Dennis Schröder has emerged as the clear backup. Atlanta signed Mack as a placeholder while Schröder developed, and that has happened pretty quickly. The Hawks can easily allow Mack time to heal – even if that goes into training camp or even the season.