Monday night, the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 111-101 in Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs first round. The Hawks tied the series 2-2 after being down 2-0 before.
Not many were expecting forward Kent Bazemore to be a major factor, but he had a very big and crucial game for the Hawks. He had 16 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Bazemore has been a consistent player on the Hawks no matter if he starts or if he comes off the bench.
Bazemore has hopped around the NBA playing for a couple of different teams, but always manages to be a key to each teams’ success. He has always put up good numbers and rarely has bad games when given an opportunity.
Bazemore is an all-around player who can do anything on the court. Of all his great skills, his best by far is his defending. He isn’t the biggest forward, at the height of 6’5,” but he can defend superstars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
In the recent game, Bazemore held star John Wall to only 22 points while Wall was previously scoring 30 or more points per game. He also showed up well against Kelly Oubre Jr., holding him to 0 points and making him take bad shots while holding him to his worst game this series.
Not only has Bazemore been a great defender in the series, but he has also been great on offense. Basemore can shoot from almost anywhere on the court and doesn’t give up open looks. He has contributed well, scoring 11 points per game in theseries while coming off the bench.
For the Hawks, it has been great for Bazemore performing as a reserve because he provides great skill along with experience. It was first something coach Mike Budenholzer was trying out, but saw it was a good plan as Bazemore brought athleticism along with an excellent all-around game for the Hawks.
Continue to expect great games from Bazemore throughout the playoff and the next NBA season. Bazemore is the X-factor for the Hawks currently, which gives Atlanta lots of succsess.