Player News - Hawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Ersan Ilyasova double-doubled vs. the Suns on Tuesday with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

This was his first double-double as a member of the Hawks. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line with one assist, one steal and two triples in 33 minutes, and he's worth deploying in standard leagues with Paul Millsap (knee) out at least two more games. Hopefully he will go on a run now that he snapped his streak of three straight games with single-digit points.
Mar 28 - 11:32 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 27 points on 12-of-27 shooting in a win over the Suns on Tuesday, helping the Hawks snap a seven-game losing streak.

The 27 FGAs is a career-high, but it's not a surprise with Thabo Sefolosha (groin), Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee) all on the shelf tonight. Schroder added nine assists, six rebounds, one steal and two triples, and he's rolling with averages of 23.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples over his last five games. This has been his best stretch of the season and he couldn't have timed it better for his fantasy owners.
Mar 28 - 11:25 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. was held to two points on 1-of-9 shooting vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

He couldn't take advantage of this dream matchup, adding three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 32 minutes. His owners should give him a chance to redeem himself on Wednesday vs. the 76ers, especially since he has averages of 19.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 triples in his previous 14 games this month. Just keep in mind that his minutes could take a slight hit with Kent Bazemore (knee) returning on Wednesday.
Mar 28 - 11:16 PM

Kent Bazemore (knee) said he will play on Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

He has missed five games in a row, so he might be limited upon his return. Bazemore has been a headache to own in fantasy this season, so he's just a low-end pickup with averages of 11.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 triples on 40.7 percent shooting. His return could send Tim Hardaway Jr. to the bench.
Mar 28 - 11:08 PM

Taurean Prince made his second straight start on Tuesday vs. the Suns and filled up the box score again, racking up 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 36 minutes.

He finished 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game that Prince "is really coming in the right direction" and added that he was "great" in his previous start -- he went off for 17 points, six boards, one assist, three steals, one block and two triples in 38 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday. Thabo Sefolosha (groin) isn't expected to return on Wednesday vs. the 76ers, so Prince is worth a long look if you need some money stats (steals, blocks and triples).
Mar 28 - 11:04 PM

Taurean Prince will draw another start on Tuesday vs. the Suns.

Thabo Sefolosha (groin), Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee) are all out, and Bazemore is the only player expected back on Wednesday. That means Prince is looking at a significant workload tonight and could have some nice short-term value this whole week. In his previous start, Prince went off for 17 points, six boards, one assist, three steals, one block and two triples in 38 minutes.
Mar 28 - 7:19 PM

Jose Calderon is struggling mightily in his role as backup point guard for the Hawks.

"When I came here, I was trying to make shots for this team," Calderon said. "That is not working so I’m trying to do everything I can on the court. The ball is not falling in the basket. Why? I’m not sure. I’ve never missed so many shots in my life." Over his last five games, Calderon is 1-for-10 from the floor and averaging 0.6 points and 2.0 assists. He belongs on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Mar 28 - 11:14 AM

Kent Bazemore (knee) will not play Tuesday but is planning to return for Wednesday's game vs. the Sixers.

Tuesday's game vs. Phoenix will be the fifth straight contest Bazemore has missed after injuring his knee during the Hawks loss to the Blazers on March 18. Bazemore said the rehab has been successful and he is "starting to feel good" and can now do "just about everything." The red-hot Tim Hardaway Jr. will draw another start and play heavy minutes on Tuesday.
Mar 28 - 9:36 AM

Paul Millsap had a non-surgical procedure on his left knee and will miss at least the next three games.

He has been diagnosed with left knee synovitis and will miss Tuesday's game vs. the Suns, Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers and Saturday's game vs. the Spurs. He will be re-evaluated after those three games, meaning the earliest we would see him back in action is on Sunday vs. the Nets. That's not a lock by any means, though. Ersan Ilyasova should be a nice source of points, rebounds and triples this week.
Mar 27 - 8:05 PM

Mike Budenholzer said that Taurean Prince will more than likely earn another start on Tuesday vs. Phoenix.

Thabo Sefolosha (groin), Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee) will all be on the sidelines for Tuesday's game, so it would be surprising if Prince weren't in the starting lineup. In his first career start on Sunday, Prince popped off for 17 points, six boards, one assist, three steals, one block and two triples in 38 minutes, so he'll be someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or DFS punt play on Tuesday night.
Mar 27 - 2:22 PM

Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Suns.

He will miss his second game in a row and he could be looking at more time on the shelf -- he was using the StairMaster at Monday's practice. With Kent Bazemore (knee) out at least one more game, Taurean Prince is worth a long look after the rookie scored a career-high 17 points with six rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes on Sunday.
Mar 27 - 1:53 PM

Paul Millsap (knee), Thabo Sefolosha (groin) and Kent Bazemore (knee) will not play vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

Despite an MRI on Millsap's knee coming back clean, the big man will miss his sixth game in a row. The Hawks do have three more games this week after Tuesday, but it's anybody's guess at this point if he will play. While he's said to be dealing with "left knee tightness," coach Mike Budenholzer said over the weekend that he also has some swelling. Ersan Ilyasova will draw another start at the four on Tuesday.
Mar 27 - 1:52 PM

Kent Bazemore (knee) could return on Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

This means he will miss at least one more game vs. the Suns on Tuesday. Thabo Sefolosha (groin) is also out on Tuesday, meaning Taurean Prince will be a solid streaming option vs. the Suns -- Prince scored a career-high 17 points in his first NBA start against the Nets on Sunday with six rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to be a must-start player until further notice.
Mar 27 - 1:49 PM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he doesn't know Paul Millsap's (knee) status for Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.

"Hopefully between now and then he makes more progress and there is a chance but at this point we don’t know about Tuesday," Budenholzer said on Sunday afternoon. Millsap has missed five games in a row due to left knee tightness, and the good news is that an MRI showed no damage. Hopefully we'll get a better idea of Millsap's status before weekly lineups lock later this evening. If he misses more time, Ersan Ilyasova will continue to benefit the most.
Mar 27 - 10:55 AM

Dennis Schroder scored 24 points with three rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets during a 107-92 loss on Sunday.

He took a couple hard hits in this game, including a cut on the mouth from Jeremy Lin's contact to Schroder's face. With this loss, the Hawks still haven't won a game without Paul Millsap and they continue to slide in the standings. As for Schroder, he does get a 4.1 usage rate boost and an increase in assist percentage when Sapper is on the bench, so his fantasy upside has increased due to more volume.
Mar 26 - 4:56 PM


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