The injury bug continues to infiltrate other teams in the East, with the Atlanta Hawks revealing late Tuesday that center Tiago Splitter will miss the rest of the season because of right hip surgery.
What that means for the Hawks with the trade deadline Thursday at 3 p.m. isn't clear just yet. Are they inclined to make a move now that they'll have to resort to Mike Muscala coming off the bench? Are they still shopping Al Horford or is fielding offers for him now off the table? Will they stand pat and go with even smaller lineups as they struggle to hold on to the No. 4 seed, only four games in the loss column ahead of the No. 10 seed Wizards?
In his first season in Atlanta, Splitter appeared in 36 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.1 minutes. He didn't play in the six games leading up to the All-Star break because his hip, which had already caused him to miss time earlier in the season, flared up. Exactly the nature of Splitter's hip injury wasn't specified by the Hawks.
Wizards forward Otto Porter has been dealing with a tear in the labrum, the socket of cartilage in his right hip, all season and has been in and out of the lineup as a result.
The Charlotte Hornets lost Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, one of their best defenders and a starter, to a season-ending torn labrum in his right shoulder earlier Tuesday.