Bazemore recorded 20 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, five assists and one steal across 25 minutes during a 108-94 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday. Bazemore's preseason finale marked by far his best outing of the preseason, as he tallied a strong all-around line. With the Hawks lacking much in the way of offensive firepower, Bazemore could see an increased number of performances like this one during the regular season. But he has never been an extremely consistent offensive option.
Bazemore will return to the starting lineup for Monday's preseason matchup with the Grizzlies, Grizzlies radio play-by-play announcer Eric Hasseltine reports. Bazemore and Dennis Schroder each took the last game off for rest, but will both be back in the starting lineup against the Grizzlies. Look for Bazemore to take on his usual workload as he looks to lock in prior to the regular season opener on Oct. 18 against the Mavericks.
Bazemore won't participate in Friday's exhibition game against the Pistons. Bazemore will get the night off seemingly for rest, as there's been no indication he's dealing with an injury. With reserve shooting guard Marco Belinelli also out, the Hawks may have to work shooting guard by comittee. The likes of Malcolm Delaney, DeAndre Bembry (triceps) and Nicolas Brussino could all see additional run.
Bazemore finished with seven points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and five turnovers across 20 minutes during Wednesday's 109-93 win over the Cavaliers. Bazemore has seemed passive over the team's first two preseason games, pulling up for just nine shots across 36 total minutes. He's also turned the ball over a combined seven times. There's still time for him to catch a rhythm before the regular season, but his lack of volume is a cause for concern as the team's seemingly No. 2 option.
Coach Mike Budenholzer said Bazemore (knee) will play in Sunday's matchup with the Wizards, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Bazemore missed the final game of the regular season with a bruised knee, but it was likely the Hawks just taking a cautious approach with him in order to keep him as healthy as possible for a playoff run. As expected, Bazemore is good to go Sunday, but he's expected to remain in bench role with Tim Hardaway and Taurean Prince starting at shooting guard and small forward, respectively. The Hawks haven't reported any sort of restrictions for Bazemore's playing time, so look for him to take on a full workload off the bench.
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