Sefolosha is dealing with a strained right groin and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Nets, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It was an injury to Sefolosha's left groin that forced him out for the final nine games before the All-Star break, but it's possible that his new issue is related. In any event, with Sefolosha sitting out, Taurean Prince will make his first career start at small forward and should be in line for added playing time Sunday. In addition to Prince, Mike Dunleavy will see his role off the bench increase.
Sefolosha provided zero points (0-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 19 minutes in a 113-97 loss to the Trail Blazers on Saturday. Coach Mike Budenholzer has downsized Sefolosha's role the past two games, with the veteran seeing fewer than 20 minutes in both contests. After failing to make a basket Saturday, Sefolosha probably won't be in store for an uptick in playing time Monday against the Hornets, and could eventually surrender his starting role to Tim Hardaway, who paced the bench with 22 points in the loss.
Sefolosha will draw the start Saturday against the Grizzlies, Eric Hasseltine of ESPN reports. As expected, Sefolosha will return to the starting five after being brought off the bench Friday as a result of showing up late for the Hawks' pregame walkthrough. Over his past nine games, he's averaging 7.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks across 27.3 minutes per game.
Sefolosha will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Raptors, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Sefolosha was late for the Hawks' pregame walkthrough, so coach Mike Budenholzer will discipline the veteran wing by dropping him from the starting five, though the 32-year-old isn't expected to see a dramatic decline in playing time. It's only expected to be a one-game demotion for Sefolosha, and Budenholzer didn't close the door on Sefolosha opening the second half of Friday's game with the starters. Tim Hardaway will enter the starting five at shooting guard Friday while Kent Bazemore shifts over to small forward.
Sefolosha recorded 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 21 minutes during a 114-98 win over the Celtics on Monday. Sefolosha was reinserted into the starting lineup after he had been coming off the bench since his return from a groin injury. He was more productive than he had been in the last few games of coming off the bench, but his minutes didn't change much. Over the long run, he will likely see a bit more minutes as a starter, but Tim Hardaway still received more action Monday, despite the fact that he came off the bench.
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