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Hawks’ Kent Bazemore will miss at least 2 weeks with right ankle sprain

Kent Bazemore, Blazers

The Atlanta Hawks are on a roll, but they took a big blow to their rotation on Saturday. Atlanta will have to play without Kent Bazemore for at least the next two weeks after the veteran shooting guard sustained a right ankle sprain, according to the team. Bazemore will be re-evaluated after two weeks.

The 29-year-old hurt his right ankle in the third quarter of the Hawks’ 111-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. The win against Cleveland was Atlanta’s fifth victory in its last six games.

In three of their last six games, Bazemore led the Hawks in scoring. He scored 23 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, erupted for 32 points against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, and posted 22 markers against the New York Knicks on Dec. 21.

In 35 games this season, the former Old Dominion standout is averaging 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He is the fourth-leading scorer of Atlanta almost halfway through the season. He also has been rumored to be on the trade market.

Without Kent Bazemore on the active roster, rookie guard Kevin Huerter will likely get increased playing time in the next two weeks. Veteran guard Vince Carter is also expected to play a more significant role for the Hawks. The 41-year-old veteran gave a good account of himself on Saturday night, as he finished with a season-high 21 points. His performance against the Cavs was highlighted by a double-clutch dunk halfway through the fourth quarter of the game:

Atlanta will face the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday. The Hawks currently hold a 11-24 record, which is 12th in the Eastern Conference.