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Kent Bazemore likely to return against Magic

Hawks guard appears ready to return after two-game absence.

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All signs are pointing towards a return to the court for Kent Bazemore Tuesday night when the Atlanta Hawks host the Orlando Magic. Bazemore missed the last two games due to knee soreness but took part in the team’s shootaround this morning and is likely to play tonight according to Mike Budenholzer.

No word yet on whether or not Bazemore will return to the starting lineup or whether or not he would face a minutes restriction.

The timing of the injury could end up being a good thing for Bazemore who has struggled at times through the early part of the season. Bazemore has appeared mindful of those struggles and appeared to be putting a lot of pressure on himself prior to the knee issue. The time away could have provided him with an opportunity to reset and refocus before making his return.

Bazemore has appeared in 22 games for the Hawks this season and is averaging 10.7 points on 39 percent shooting.