Mar 5, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver (26) drives past Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews (2) during the first quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Korver (back spasms) to Miss Third Straight Game, Out vs. Suns

Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver is still dealing with back spasms and won’t be able to go tonight against the Phoenix Suns. This is the third straight game Korver will miss.

The 33-year-old swingman didn’t travel to Toronto for the Hawks’ game against the Raptors on Sunday afternoon, and also missed the game before that on Friday when Atlanta hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. Korver’s back “flared up” during warm-ups on Friday and was scratched from the lineup minutes before tip-off.

Backup point guard Shelvin Mack will start in Korver’s place again, just like he did the past two games.

Korver, a 10-year veteran, has been a major focal point in Atlanta’s offense this season, averaging 12.3 points per game, and set an NBA record for most consecutive games with a made 3-pointer at 127 straight  – the previous record was 89 games. He has appeared in 62 of the Hawks’ 68 games this season and has been a huge part of the teams success. Conversely, Atlanta is 1-5 without Korver this year.

After Monday’s home game against the Suns, Atlanta travels to Minnesota for a game on Wednesday versus the Timberwolves, then must return home immediately to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

According to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Consitution, “there is no timetable for Korver’s return.”

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