NBA Playoffs: Veteran Forward Thabo Sefolosha Unhappy with Atlanta Hawks

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 04/20/17 07:05PM EDT

Before the Atlanta Hawks fell to 0-2 versus the Washington Wizards in their first-round series, forward Thabo Sefolosha vented out his disappointment with his current situation. Sefolosha, in the first two games of the Hawks' campaign these playoffs, is yet to get significant playing time. 

"It's coach's decision. It's a tough sport. I'm obviously not happy about it but at the same time I'm going to keep rooting for my team and help in any way I can. I'm going to stay focused and when coach needs me I'm ready but there is only so much I can do at this point," Sefolosha said according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The reason to this might be the emergence of rookie Taurean Prince. In a report by ESPN, it was mentioned that Sefolosha missed eight of Atlanta's last 10 outings in the regular season. During his absence, head coach Mike Budenholzer trusted the newbie and made him a starter until now that they are in the playoffs. 

This is tough for Sefolosha who was part of Budenholzer's main rotation in the regular season. Before the playoffs, he was on the court for 25.7 minutes per contest. Now, the 32-year-old rarely makes an appearance. In Game 1 against the Wizards, he did not see action. The next game, he was on the floor for just four minutes. 

The recent events could lead to a split between the Hawks and Sefolosha. If they will continue playing him like this for the rest of the playoffs, there is a big chance he will decide to leave in the offseason. The former 13th overall pick (2006) is going to be a free agent this year. It is uncertain though how the market will be for him, but his experience and veteran leadership could help. 

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