Thabo Sefolosha missed the playoffs after breaking his leg while being arrested.
Sefolosha blamed the police, and it seems a lawsuit is coming.
But what about Sefolosha’s return to the court?
The Hawks gave a six-month recovery period after his April surgery, which would have him back during the preseason. We’re through most of that period, but Sefolosha isn’t ready to update his timeline.
Sefolosha, via Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“I am doing better every day,” Sefolosha told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The leg and ankle are feeling good but it is too early to say exactly when I’ll be back on the court.”
I’m unsure whether Sefolosha is just being discreet or actually too far from his return to estimate a date. Obviously, the latter would be much more troubling.
A healthy Sefolosha would be first in line to replace DeMarre Carroll, who signed with the Raptors, in the starting lineup. If Sefolosha can’t go, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kent Bazemore and Justin Holiday are candidates to join Kyle Korver on the wing
The Mavericks gave Wesley Matthews $70 million just four months after he tore his Achilles.
By comparison, John Jenkins’ injury is a walk in the park.
Jenkins underwent season-ending back surgery in February 2014, and he played just 24 games for the Hawks last season. That was mostly because he couldn’t pass Kyle Korver, Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore in the rotation. But Jenkins has yet to prove his durability.
Like with Matthews, that won’t stop Dallas from taking a chance on him.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Jenkins is a good spot-up shooter, making 37.5% of his 3-pointers in his three-year NBA career. He’s also a good defensive rebounder for his position.
But he’s also a poor, though improved, defender.
Before the season, the Hawks declined the fourth-year option on the rookie-scale contract of Jenkins, who was drafted No. 23 in 2012. I doubt he made them regret that decision during the year.
Jenkins is hardly washed up, and he has the potential to provide Dallas value. But there’s a reason he was available.
The Hawks will be without sharpshooter Kyle Korver for the remainder of the playoffs after he suffered a high ankle sprain during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks announced that Kent Bazemore will start in his place for Sunday’s Game 3 in Cleveland:
Bazemore has played limited minutes in each of the first two games against the Cavs. He was expected to be DeMarre Carroll’s replacement in Game 2 after Carroll suffered a knee injury in the first game, but Carroll ultimately played in that game. Bazemore has been productive in his limited time on the court in this series, scoring 10 points on 16 minutes in Game 1 and 7 points in 11 minutes in Game 2.
Still, without Korver and trailing 2-0 going to Cleveland, a series that was already a longshot for the Hawks to win is becoming a near impossibility. Atlanta is simply too banged up, and it’s tough to recover from losing the first two games of the series at home, especially with LeBron James playing the way he is.