Hardaway scored 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and added one steal across 17 minutes in Tuesday's 96-89 preseason win over the Pelicans.
After getting off to a rough start through his first three preseason appearances with a 3-for-30 mark from the field, Hardaway has bounced back in a big way in the Hawks' last two contests. He's tallied a total of 35 points in those games while hitting 13-of-25 shots. Hardaway will see a more understated role when the regular season begins, but looks to be in line for a rotation spot nonetheless now that his shooting is back on track.
Hardaway registered 19 points (6-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one block across 30 minutes in Sunday's 105-98 preseason win over the Magic.
With the Hawks resting backcourt members Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore and Malcolm Delaney and Jarrett Jack (knee) still unavailable, plenty of minutes were open for Hardaway and the team's other reserve guards. Hardaway was able to parlay the increased court time into his best outing of the preseason, but that's not saying much considering how miserably he'd performed in his prior three games. Hardaway shot a ghastly 3-for-30 from the field and 0-for-11 from three-point range across those contests.
Hardaway was held to six points (1-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 25 minutes in Saturday's 102-91 preseason loss to the Spurs.
Hardaway started at shooting guard and had the opportunity to take the reins of the offense with all five of the team's expected starters (Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard) sitting out, but he faltered badly while seeing some attention from reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard. The erratic shooting certainly isn't a good look for Hardaway, but his strong finish to last season should enable him to open the season as the top backup to Korver at shooting guard.
Hardaway scored four points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added two rebounds and one assist across 18 minutes in Wednesday's 123-98 Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers.
Hardaway ended up seeing his most minutes of the postseason Wednesday, but it's not exactly an encouraging sign that it came during a contest in which the Atlanta Hawks trailed by 36 points at halftime. The shooting guard still seems to be a member of coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation, but he's probably only hanging on to a spot by a thread. He's averaging just 2.3 points on 26.9 percent shooting from the field in eight playoff games.
Hardaway is no longer listed on the Atlanta Hawks ' injury report, Chris Vivlamore of the Journal-Constitution reports.
Coach Mike Budenholzer told the media Tuesday that Hardaway's strained hamstring has completely healed, and the guard will be available in full capacity off the bench for Game 2 against Boston on Tuesday. Hardaway played only eight minutes in Game 1, missing both of his field goal attempts and finishing scoreless.
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