Hardaway will start at shooting guard Friday against the Heat, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Though Thabo Sefolosha (groin) is set to return from a nine-game absence, coach Mike Budenholzer wants to ease the veteran swingman back into the mix, so Sefolosha will come off the bench Friday and for a few games after that, according to Vivlamore. Hardaway has certainly made a strong case to stick in the starting five even though Sefolosha is now healthy, as he averaged 19.4 points (on 44.7% shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 three-pointers in 35.3 minutes per game over the past nine contests.
Hardaway supplied 25 points (8-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal over 43 minutes in Monday's 109-104 overtime victory over the Trail Blazers.
After tallying 28 points in Friday's narrow loss to the Kings, Hardaway provided his fourth effort of over 20 points in seven February games as an encore. The 24-year-old has been notably aggressive in those contests, having put up between 14 and 19 shot attempts during that span. Hardaway is also working on a 10-game streak of double-digit scoring, and has clearly thrived since taking over the starting two-guard role in the wake of Kyle Korver's trade to the Cavs and Thabo Sefolosha's (groin) extended absence.
Hardaway finished with 28 points (9-17 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 7-8 FT) to go along with four rebounds, two assists and just two turnovers in Friday's 108-107 loss against the Kings.
Hardaway has scored in double digits in nine straight outings, a season-best run, and he has hit at least one triple in all six of his February games. Since moving into the starting five Hardaway has emerged as a dependable option across most fantasy formats.
Hardaway scored 21 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes during Saturday's 113-86 win over the Magic.
The Hawks had this one well in hand by the half and gave their starters a rest in the fourth quarter, otherwise Hardaway could have put up an even better line. The 24-year-old continues to emerge as one of the surprises of the season -- in 10 games since moving into Atlanta's starting lineup, he's averaging 17.5 points, 3.5 boards, 3.4 assists and 2.1 three-pointers.
Hardaway put up 33 points (12-18 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block in 33 minutes Thursday during a 113-108 win over the Rockets.
Hardaway exploded for a season high against the Rockets, doing the bulk of his damage in a monster 23-point fourth quarter. He shot 8-of-11 in the final period and hit three of his five three-point attempts. Also, true to Hardaway fashion, he had zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in the fourth quarter. When Hardaway's shot is falling, he love to let it fly and neglect all other basketball responsibilities.
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