Tiago Splitter injured while rehabbing previous injury, out at least six weeks

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Tiago Splitter has missed 63 regular-season games, 10 playoff games and the Olympics since the Hawks traded for him last year.

Overdue to return from a hamstring injury, Splitter hurt himself yet again.

Hawks release:

While rehabbing from off-season hip surgery and related hamstring strain, Atlanta Hawks forward/center Tiago Splitter sustained a grade 2 right calf strain. An MRI performed at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center confirmed the injury.

He will be out a minimum of six weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.

The Hawks wanted Splitter to provide a bigger presence at center off the bench. That became far less relevant when Atlanta swapped Dwight Howard for Al Horford last summer. Howard provides a better version of that style.

Sure, Splitter would be useful in relief, but the Hawks should be fine without him. After all, they’re 10-7 with the NBA’s best defense and much-improved rebounding this season – all without Splitter, anyway.