Sefolosha tallied 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 32 minutes in Sunday's 100-99 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the series. Sefolosha's second straight start of the series went much better than his first, as he surprisingly finished as the Hawks' third-leading scorer on the day. The 32-year-old is a valuable rotation piece for his work on the defensive end, but scoring outings like Sunday are fairly rare for him. He'll conclude the postseason with averages of 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and one steal across 20.2 minutes in 10 appearances.
Sefolosha (elbow) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 against the Cavaliers, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Sefolosha took over the starting small forward position from Kyle Korver in Game 3 and he'll get the call again Sunday, despite also dealing with a laceration to his elbow. Coach Mike Budenholzer liked what he saw from Sefolosha in Game 4, where finished with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal over 29 minutes. With the Hawks on the brink of elimination, Sefolosha will attempt to provide a much needed defensive boost to the team, as he'll likely be asked to help defend LeBron James for portions of the game.
Sefolosha will likely remain in the starting lineup for Game 4 against Cleveland, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Hawks inserted Sefolosha in place of Kyle Korver in Game 3, and while they led for most of the game, they were unable to overcome a late Cavs and ultimately fell 121-108. Sefolosha played 29 minutes, finishing with eight points while helping to defend LeBron James for much of the night. Coach Mike Budenholzer stopped short of committing to starting Sefolosha again in Game 4, but he implied that he'll likely stick with the same alignment. "I think just the energy and good play that Thabo started the game with and the energy and good play that Kyle brought off the bench, I think we felt like that was a positive and something that we will consider between now and tomorrow," Budenholzer said. "But I think overall that was, in our eyes, something that was a positive."
Sefolosha will get the start in Game 3 on Friday night, the Chris Hayes of Cleveland.com reports Hours before tip the Hawks announced the move of Sefolosha to the starting lineup in place of Kyle Korver. The Hawks have been blown out in the first two games of the series and will look to a lineup switch to spark a turnaround. Sefolosha offers more stability on defense, but without Korver the Hawks will lack the ability to space the floor as much. Sefolosha put up 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt), two assists, and two rebounds across 18 minutes in Wednesday's 123-98 Game 2.
Sefolosha put up 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt), two assists, and two rebounds across 18 minutes in Wednesday's 123-98 Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers. It was Sefolosha's first double-digit scoring performance in the postseason since he went for 12 points in Game 2 of the first-round series with the Celtics. The veteran swingman has played no more than 22 minutes in any of the Hawks' eight playoff games, as coach Mike Budenholzer has opted to increase Kent Bazemore's role. With Bazemore playing relatively well to this point, it doesn't seem likely that Sefolosha's minutes will climb as a result of Wednesday's solid outing.
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