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Thabo Sefolosha injury: Hawks guard on schedule for mid-March return

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Thabo Sefolosha has had no setbacks and is on course for a mid-March return from a severely strained calf.

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Thabo Sefolosha is progressing in his recovery from a severely strained calf and is on course for a mid-March return according to a report by the AJC's Chris Vivlamore.

Budenholzer said there have been no setbacks and Sefolosha remains on schedule. He has begun light court work and no longer walks with a pronounced limp. The guard/forward accompanied the team to Milwaukee this week.

That would go along with Sefolosha's original diagnosis of needing 6-8 weeks to recover from the injury. Kent Bazemore has done a good job of filling in, but the Hawks could certainly use the added depth that Sefolosha will bring to the lineup.

Sefolosha's signing over the summer wasn't big news but his presence has had a profound effect on the Hawks. Atlanta finished the 2014 season tied for 14th in defensive rating allowing 104.1 per 100 possessions. They are currently seventh at 100.2 and that number has slid a bit in the 10 games that Sefolosha has missed due to injury.