Mavericks vs Hawks: Game Thread – Kyle Korver to miss second straight game; Lou Williams to start at SG


Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) gets by Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis, left, on a drive to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Dallas.

Game Preview

The Hawks look to rebound at home in Atlanta tonight versus the Dallas Mavericks after getting blown out on Wednesday by the Rockets on the road in Houston.

The Hawks will be short-handed once again as sharpshooter Kyle Korver will miss his second straight game due to a rib contusion, but the offense shouldn’t suffer that much as combo guard Lou Williams will get the start at shooting guard.

Korver missed Wednesday’s game in Houston whilst in the midst of setting NBA history — he’s made a 3-pointer in 88 straight regular-season games and was on pace to tie the record on Wednesday and set a new NBA record tonight with 90 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. However, the streak is on pause while Korver is sidelined; former Celtics player Dana Barros holds the record at 89.

Tonight’s matchup with the Mavericks is the second-and-final meeting of the season against the Hawks. The clubs opened the season in Dallas with the Mavs winning 118-109. Monta Ellis led Dallas with 32 points, while Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 24 points and nine assists.

Hopefully the home team wins again, this time being Atlanta.

Quick Facts

Who?: Dallas Mavericks vs Atlanta Hawks

What?: East vs West Showdown (Game #17, Home Game #8)

Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)

When?: Friday, November 29, 2013 – 7:30 PM (ET)

How?: SportSouth HDTV / 92.9 FM “The Game”

Probable Starters

Atlanta Hawks: 

PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Lou Williams | SF: DeMarre Carroll | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Al Horford

Dallas Mavericks: 

PG: Jose Calderon | SG: Monta Ellis | SF: Shawn Marion | PF: Dirk Nowitzki | C: Samuel Dalembert

Injury Report

Atlanta Hawks: Shelvin Mack (sprained left ankle) is probable. Kyle Korver (rib contusion) is out.

Dallas Mavericks: Devin Harris (left foot surgery) and Brandan Wright (fractured left shoulder) are out.

Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold

Records: Dallas Mavericks (10-6) / Atlanta Hawks (8-8)

Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 3 | HOME: Lost 2 | ROAD: Lost 1                             Dallas Mavericks –> OVERALL: Won 1 | HOME: Won 1 | ROAD: Lost 1

Home/Away Records: Magic are (2-5) on the road / Hawks are (4-3) at home.

Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks have lost three games in a row, most recently getting blown out by Houston 113-84 on Wednesday.

Dallas Mavericks: Lukewarm. The Mavs are four games above .500, but have had a hard time winning on the road this season with a 2-5 away record.

Season/Past Season Series

The Hawks host Dallas in the second-and-final game of the season series. The clubs opened the season in Dallas with the home team winning 118-109. Monta Ellis paced the Mavs with 32 points while Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 24 points and nine assists. Dallas owns a two-game winning streak in the series, with the last Hawks victory coming on 2/11/13 in a 105-101 triumph in Dallas. The Hawks last defeated the Mavs in Atlanta on 4/26/12 (106-89). Atlanta leads the all-time series 33-32, including an 18-14 home mark.


Dallas jumped out to an early 10-point advantage, but the Hawks came storming back to take 55-53 lead into halftime. The Mavericks regained control, outscoring the visitors 33-24 in the third, and leading by as-many-as-16 late in the game (aided by a 13-3 fourth quarter run). Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 24 points and nine assists, while Paul Millsap scored 20. Cartier Martin scored 17 off the bench, DeMarre Carroll 14 (also team-high seven rebounds) and Al Horford 11. Monta Ellis paced all scorers with 32 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 24 and Vince Carter 21. The Mavs shot .571 from the field for the night, including an 11-24 (.458) showing from behind the arc. The Hawks hit .487 from the floor and 8-24 (.333) from distance. Dallas also won the battle of the boards 42-33.

Common Threads

Shane Larkin was originally selected by Atlanta in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft, before being dealt to Dallas on draft night in exchange for draft rights to Lucas Nogueira (16th selection) and Mike Muscala (44th pick), as well as Jared Cunningham. Cunningham (eight games) and Elton Brand (72 contests) played for the Mavericks last season. Devin Harris saw action in 58 games for Atlanta last year. Jae Crowder is a native of Villa Rica, GA, while Bernard James hails from Savannah, GA. Brand (2008-10), Kyle Korver (2003-part of 07-08) and Lou Williams (2005-10) were all teammates with Samuel Dalembert in Philadelphia, while Dalembert, Monta Ellis and Gustavo Ayon played together in Milwaukee for part of last year. Paul Millsap and Harris were teammates with Utah (2010-12). DeJuan Blair played for San Antonio from 2009-13 while Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was an assistant on the Spurs’ bench. Cartier Martin and Ellis teamed-up with Golden State for part of the 2009-10 season.

Information provided from the Hawks and Mavericks official gamenotes.

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