The Atlanta Hawks enter tonight’s game against the visiting Phoenix Suns on a two-game skid and without their starting shooting guard Kyle Korver.
Korver has been dealing with back spasms and has missed the past two games. Not so coincidentally, the Hawks have lost the last two games. He was scratched from the lineup minutes before tip-off on Friday against the Pelicans after his back flared up pre-game and also missed the following game against the Raptors on Sunday.
Backup point guard Shelvin Mack will start in place of Korver at shooting guard, and will be joined by Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Pero Antic in the starting lineup.
The Suns, on the other hand, come into tonight’s game with a team that is fully healthy.
This is the second-and-final meeting of the season between these teams.
Phoenix won the first matchup 129-120 at their place in the desert. Gerald Green scored a game-high 33 points to help the Suns earn their fourth straight win. Goran Dragic had 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while the Morris Twins — Markieef (21) and Marcus (19) — combined for 39 points off the bench.
Jeff Teague led seven Atlanta players in double-figures with 29 points and also had nine assists. Mike Scott poured in 20 points in a spot-start for Paul Millsap, who was out with a knee contusion, while Kyle Korver dropped 18 all via the long ball. Lou Williams (15), Elton Brand (13), Shelvin Mack (11) and DeMarre Carroll (10) were also in double-figures.