Tiago Splitter Injury: Updates on Hawks Forward's Recovery from Hip Surgery

Joe PantornoFeatured Columnist

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 20: Tiago Splitter #11 of the Atlanta Hawks during the game against the Orlando Magic on December 20, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Atlanta Hawks forward Tiago Splitter suffered a hip injury Feb. 1 that required season-ending surgery.

Continue for updates.

Splitter Comments on Injury via Instagram 

Monday, Feb. 29

Splitter took to Instagram on Monday to provide fans with an update on his health (video in Spanish): 

Splitter Undergoes Hip Surgery

Thursday, Feb. 25

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Splitter's hip surgery on Tuesday was successful.

Splitter Provides Recovery Update Via Instagram

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Splitter Won't Return This Season

Tuesday, Feb. 16

The Hawks announced Splitter's surgery will be season ending. Vivlamore initially reported the news.

Budenholzer Comments on Splitter's Injury

Monday, Feb. 1

Vivlamore passed along a quote from Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer regarding Splitter's hip: "We are evaluating his hip and figure out the best things we can do to help with some hip pain. We'll continue to monitor and hopefully alleviate it. ... It's something we've been dealing with, managing, all year."

Splitter's Injury Woes Continue

Splitter is further building up his reputation of being a fragile player. In his first six seasons in the NBA, Splitter has played in more than 60 games just once. He's also already missed seven contests with hip concerns and four games with a calf injury earlier this season.

In his first year with the Hawks, he isn't necessarily putting up his normal numbers, either. Coming off the bench behind Al Horford, Splitter is averaging just 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

According to Budenholzer, per Vivlamore, back in December, Splitter still wasn't completely used to life in Atlanta after five seasons with the San Antonio Spurs:

There are nights when I'm like yeah, he's starting to figure it out. There might be another night when he's still not sure. I personally know the subtleties between the differences between San Antonio and us. Everyone just assumes it's the exact same thing. It's not. He is a player who lives in the subtleties.

With no Splitter, the Hawks will be forced to give more minutes to Mike Muscala or even Paul Millsap in smaller lineups.


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