Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver is still dealing with back spasms and will miss Wednesday’s road game against the Timberwolves. This is the fourth straight game he is inactive.
According to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, Korver did not travel with the team to Minnesota.
Korver’s first missed game was Friday when the Hawks hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. His back spasms “flared up pre game” during warm-ups and he was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before tip-off. Korver also sat out the following two games, at Toronto on Sunday and at Atlanta on Monday versus the Suns.
Backup point guard Shelvin Mack started in Korver’s place the past three games and will do so again at Minnesota.
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’ 69 games this season and has been a huge part of the team’s success.
Atlanta is 1-6 without Korver this year. Their three-game losing streak started the first night Korver missed — they had previously won five in a row with him in the lineup.
After Wednesday’s road game versus the Timberwolves, the Hawks return home immediately to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.
“There remains no timetable for Korver’s return. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Monday he didn’t expect the injury to be long term,” reports Vivlamore.
Hopefully Korver can return Thursday against Portland; they surely need him back sooner rather than later.
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