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.
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What?: East vs West Slowdown (Game #68, Home Game #32)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Monday, March 24, 2014 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HD TV & 92.9 FM
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Shevin Mack | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Pero Antic
PG: Goran Dragic | SG: Eric Bledsoe | SF: P.J. Tucker | PF: Channing Frye | C: Miles Plumlee
Atlanta Hawks: Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder surgery), Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery), John Jenkins (lower back surgery) and Kyle Korver (back spasms) are out.
Phoenix Suns: None.
Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Phoenix Suns (41-29) / Atlanta Hawks (31-37)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 2 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Lost 1 Phoenix Suns –> OVERALL: Won 3 | HOME: Won 2 | ROAD: Won 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (20-12) at home / Suns are (17-16) on the road.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks are losing their momentum from their recent five-game win streak with a current two-game skid.
Phoenix Suns: Hot. The Suns completed the hat trick last night with a win at Minnesota for their third straight, and have picked up W’s in the last five of six overall.
Series Notes/Past Series Notes
The Hawks host the Suns for the only time this year in the second-and-final matchup between the clubs. Phoenix took the first meeting 129-120 at home on 3/2. Jeff Teague led Atlanta in points (29) and assists (9). Gerald Green scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Suns. Atlanta’s last victory in the series came at Philips Arena on 3/15/13 (107-94). The Suns lead the all-time series 68-49, though the Hawks own a 30-25 mark in Atlanta.
Hawks guard Jeff Teague and Suns guard Ish Smith played together collegiality at Wake Forest from 2007-2009. Suns Assistant Coach Mark West played 49 games for Atlanta in 1998-99. Suns Assistant Coach Kenny Gattison is a former Hawks Assistant. Hawks big man Gustavo Ayon and Suns center Emeka Okafor both played for New Orleans in 2011-12. Okafor teamed with Hawks forward Cartier Martin with the Bobcats in 2008-09 and in Washington during the 2012-13 season. Suns radio broadcaster Tim Kempton played three games for the Hawks in 1995-96.