Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore will have his season cut short due to a bone bruise. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

With the Atlanta Hawks out of the playoff picture and well on their way to a high lottery draft pick, they will likely be less inclined to push the envelope these final few weeks of the season. That being said, the team announced that wing Kent Bazemore will miss the rest of the season due to a bone bruise in his right knee.

On a team devoid of many talents, Kent Bazemore is one of their few, young bright spots. While this season has been a far cry from what the Hawks likely had envisioned for themselves, Bazemore has made some nice strides in his game as the Hawks starting shooting guard.

Bazemore has coexisted well with point guard Dennis Schroder but it remains to be seen whether this is the backcourt Atlanta settles on for the future. Their backcourt plus the improved play of small forward Taurean Prince has been the lifeline of this pedestrian 20-47 Hawks team.

Bazemore averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 65 starts for the Hawks this season. The Old Dominion product inked a 4 year, $70 million contract with the Hawks two summers ago.

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