Mar 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) during the 4th period at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 97-92. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Schroder "Likely" to Play Friday Against Pelicans

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Dennis Schroder will “likely” play tonight in the Atlanta Hawks’ home game against the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering a sprained left ankle a few days ago.

The quote comes from coach Mike Budenholzer, who was quoted by Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC:

He will warm-up before the game and see how he feels but I would say he is likely to play, Budenholzer said this morning. There is a good chance that he will play.

The rookie point guard got injured in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors. He rolled his ankle when hustling back on defense to intercept an outlet pass, which would have led to an easy layup, and did not return.

Schroder gave an update on his ankle Wednesday evening via Twitter when he tweeted ““My ankle is Sore but The Doc’s Said its nothing Bad on it.”

Schroder has seemingly taken over Lou Williams’ spot in the rotation, and has made the most of it. The first-year floor general has not committed a turnover in two straight outings (26 minutes of playing time), and only five in the last eight games. In that same span, he has 21 assists.

It’s not clear how much playing time Schroder will see Friday night, but he’s averaging about 15 minutes per night over the last eight games. That’s likely the maximum amount of action he’ll get against the Pelicans after being a few days removed from spraining an ankle.

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