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Dewayne Dedmon out, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince questionable vs. Bucks

Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon

The Atlanta Hawks will definitely be short-handed against the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. How many absences coach Lloyd Pierce will ultimately have to deal with, though, still remains to be seen.

On Saturday, the Hawks announced that starting center Dewayne Dedmon has been ruled out against the Bucks, while starting small forward Taurean Prince and reserve wing Kent Bazemore are both questionable. Bench players Miles Plumlee, Omari Spellman, and Alex Poythress will also be unavailable.

Dedmon is suffering from previously unreported left ankle soreness. The big man has played well of late, scoring at least 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds in three of the Hawks’ last four games. The sixth-year pro is enjoying a career-best season in 2018-19, averaging 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc on a high volume of attempts, an especially impressive development considering Dedmon had no three-point range whatsoever as recently as 2016-17.

Prince, meanwhile, missed Atlanta’s previous game with bilateral soreness in his right foot. He’s reaped the benefits of playing a more supporting role offensively this season, with career-high shooting marks from the field, on threes, and on twos, good for a solid 58.4 true shooting percentage. The 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Prince is averaging 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season.

Bazemore is suffering from a left adductor strain, another previously undisclosed injury. He’s taken more of a backseat for the Hawks in 2018-19 due to the addition of promising rookie shooting guard Kevin Huerter, while also struggling offensively.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable for the Bucks, who will be without starting shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon, still recovering from a partially torn plantar fascia.