Kent Bazemore

Thabo Sefolosha: Too soon to say when I’ll play again


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

Report: John Jenkins signing three-year contract with Mavericks


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.

Kent Bazemore to start for Hawks in place of injured Kyle Korver


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.

Kent Bazemore after Hawks are blown out in Game 2: ‘I still think we’re the better team’


After the Hawks were blown out in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, at least one of their players still believes.

While dropping the first two games of a best-of-seven series at home has put Atlanta in a severe hole, especially when considering the injuries the team is dealing with, Kent Bazemore said he still feels like his Hawks are the better squad, and possess the ability to play much better to try to get back into the series.

From Brian Windhorst of

“We played them in the regular season this year and got the best of them,” Bazemore said in reference to the Hawks’ 3-1 record against the Cavs this past season. “I still think we’re the better team. We just haven’t shown it yet.”

Bazemore scored seven points in 12 minutes off the bench and spent some time guarding LeBron James, who scored 30 points with 11 assists and nine rebounds.

“The bright side is we haven’t played well the first two games. We still think we’re the better team. We’ll try to get two up in Cleveland,” Bazemore said. “We’ve got to play angry.”

Hopefully this is simply a motivational tactic from Bazemore. Because if he truly believes this, then he’s completely delusional.

As we mentioned in the Game 2 recap, these Hawks are hell and gone from the dominating team that won 40 of its first 48 games of the regular season. Atlanta no longer shares the ball offensively the way it used to, when the team’s equal-opportunity offense was, for long stretches, seemingly impossible to stop.

DeMarre Carroll was completely ineffective in Game 2 as he played through a knee injury, and Kyle Korver left with an injury of his own that has his status in doubt for Game 3. These facts alone would make Bazemore’s claim seem silly. But when adding in the results of the first two games, it makes his statement patently false, and downright ridiculous.

Tristan Thompson meets Kent Bazemore at the rim, gets all ball on monster rejection (VIDEO)


An underrated storyline through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals is just how well the Cavaliers’ bigs have performed on both ends of the floor.

In Cleveland’s blowout Game 2 victory, for example, Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov combined for 17 points and 23 rebounds, and strongly impacted their team’s effort defensively

This particular play, where Thompson rose to meet Kent Bazemore at the rim for the monster rejection, was ruled a foul by the officials. But replays show the block was clean, and it’s just one example of the rim protection the Cavaliers have going for them at this stage of the playoffs.