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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hawks' John Jenkins to rest and receive therapy

By on 12/31/2013 11:30:00 AM

The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Orlando Magic on Sunday by the score of 109-102 to drop them to 17-14 on the season, a distant second in the Southeast Division to the Miami Heat. Once again, they played without backup shooting guard John Jenkins who has been out with nerve pain in his leg.

As reported by Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the current plan for Jenkins, according to general manager Danny Ferry, is rest and physical therapy for the pain that is associated with the back problem.

Jenkins missed two months this summer with a back injury that flared up in training camp. It limited him to two exhibition games and he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that the nerve pain in his leg has bothered him for the majority of the season.  Although it it possible that surgery would be an option, for now Jenkins will rest and receive treatment.

“My back is fine. It’s a pain going down my leg. It’s irritating. It’s uncomfortable. I’m dealing with that. I’ll probably get another epidural soon. I’m weighing my options on what I need to do to eliminate this thing forever. It’s been too long. It’s been preventing me from playing the way I need to be playing. I’m trying to play on it, play through it. It’s time to just get it out of the way forever.”
Jenkins is in his second NBA season out of Vanderbilt.  His minutes and production are both down in his second season due to the injury. Last season, Jenkins played in 61 games and averaged 6.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting, in 14.8 minutes per game.  In 13 games this season, Jenkins is shooting only 38.1 percent and averaging 3.1 points per game.


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