Atlanta Hawks guard Shelvin Mack has been diagnosed with a Grade 5 separation of the right shoulder and will undergo surgery.
Mack said the injury involved ligament damage and called it "pretty bad." He told reporters he will be out for three to four months but expects to be ready in time for training camp in late September.
The 25-year-old Mack sustained the injury during the Hawks' Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday.
“It was a freak accident,” Mack said. “I was cutting away from the ball and he was cutting at the same time. We just ran into each other, like in football and a receiver across the middle.”
Mack averaged 5.4 points, 2.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds this season for Atlanta. The Hawks were swept 4–0 by the Cavaliers in the conference finals, ending their season.
- Molly Geary