Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver will most likely miss his sixth straight game, as he did not travel with the team to Washington, D.C. for tonight’s matchup against the Wizards, reports Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.
Despite not flying out with the team to the nation’s capital following Thursday’s home game against Portland, Korver had “not yet been ruled out,”according to Viv. That would suggest there was a slim hope Korver would join the Hawks in Washington before Saturday night’s tip-off. However, that will not be the case.
Korver has missed the last five games — all losses — due to lingering back spasms. Prior to Atlanta’s skid, when Korver was healthy, the Hawks won five straight games. However since then, without Korver, the team has lost five in a row. If the correlation continues, Atlanta will lose again tonight.
Korver’s first missed game was last 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. He warmed up prior to Atlanta hosting the Trail Blazers three days ago, but was eventually ruled out for that game as well.
A 10-year veteran, Korver has been a major focal point in the Hawks’ offense this season, averaging 12.3 points per game. The sharpshooter set an NBA record for most consecutive games with a made 3-pointer at 127 straight – the previous record was 89 games.
Korver has appeared in 62 of the Hawks’ 71 games this season and has been a huge part of the team’s success. Conversely, Atlanta is 1-8 without Korver this year.
*** In other Hawks-related injury news, Pero Antic has a “95 percent” likelihood of starting tonight after missing the previous game with a sprained right ankle.