Hawks rest their case with Schroder

One of the benefits of clinching a playoff spot before April is sitting key people. In that sense, the Hawks earned the right by virtue of claiming best record in the East days ago.

And now, there’s perhaps a chance we won’t see Dennis Schroder for the rest of the season. Not that the German point guard is an injury case — his left toe damaged the other night against the Bucks was diagnosed as sprained — but it’s just another reason for the Hawks to play it safe here in the season’s final two weeks.

While the Hawks played their usual starting five tonight against the Pistons, none were scheduled to play 30-plus minutes. From now until mid-April, expect to see lots of Mike Muscala, Kent Bazemore and Shelvin Mack.

Other teams aren’t so lucky, especially those chasing playoff spots. For example: You think Miami would love to give Dwyane Wade a break? Well, not if they want to get the No. 7 or 8 seed in the East. With three teams chasing those spots, the Heat can’t afford to give Wade’s chronically-sore body a rest here down the stretch. Same goes for David West and the Pacers, Russell Westbrook and OKC (although that might change in a week) and a few other teams.

Still, the “rest” controversy is here to stay. Weeks after the lottery-bound Nuggets sat three players, the Kings gave DeMarcus Cousins a night off.

 

3 Comments

  1. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    The Hawks were a top 3 team last year before Horford got hurt, and they made they playoffs with a record under .500, and almost beat the 1 seed Pacers, took the Pacers to 7 games. I see them making it at least the ECF, it also depends on that second round match up, if they play the Bulls they could lose in the second round. Like the Hawks.

  2. Fefe (Nets) says:

    I would like the Hawks to still win games. At least reach 60-61 wins (what they should normally do). They can do that by playing the starters limited minutes (under 30min a game) which will not make them tired but also not rusty going into the playoffs.

    Go Hawks!

  3. harriethehawk says:

    Let’s Go Hawks!