Atlanta Hawks: 5 Takeaways After Gutsy Win vs. Cavaliers

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Kent Bazemore #24 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Bazemore Injured

Kent Bazemore has been extremely fun to watch this season for the Atlanta Hawks, but after colliding with Cedi Osman in the third quarter of last night’s game, it became clear that Baze sprained his ankle.

As a trooper and consummate professional, Baze shot both free throws (making 1), then was immediately subbed out. He barely made a fuss, but it was clear he was in severe discomfort.

Baze has long been one of the most likable players on the Atlanta Hawks, even dating back to his first season with the team in the magical 60-win season of 2014-15. It’s been a joy to watch him grow and blossom from a high-energy bench player to sturdy starter to team’s best player in a matter of a few seasons, and with his stock at an all-time high around the league, he was starting to get some trade buzz.

We’ve outlined multiple deals surrounding Baze that might send him to contenders for the playoffs in both conferences, but this might put a dent in the team’s plans to move him if these sprain is indeed as serious as it looked.

Either way, we wish Baze a speedy recovery. His absence was surely felt both on and off the court, as his bench reactions are always among the best on the entire team and his defense would’ve helped to ensure a win for the Hawks versus a seemingly listless Cavs team.