Kyle Korver to miss remainder of playoffs



VIDEO: Korver injures ankle in Game 2

HANG TIME BIG CITY – When it rains, it pours.

The Atlanta Hawks today announced that guard Kyle Korver will miss the remainder of the postseason after suffering a severe high right ankle sprain during Atlanta’s Game 2 loss to Cleveland last night during the Eastern Conference finals.

Per the Hawks …

“Hawks guard/forward Kyle Korver suffered a right ankle injury with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter of last night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. X-rays performed at Philips Arena last night were negative. A follow-up MRI and examination this morning at the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic confirmed a severe high right ankle sprain. Korver will see a foot and ankle specialist to determine the best course of treatment. He is out for the remainder of the postseason.”

At 34 years old, the sharp-shooting Korver had the best regular season of his NBA career, making his first All-Star team and leading the NBA in 3-point percentage at 49 percent. He finished the regular season averaging 12.1 ppg while playing in 75 games.

Yet for the Hawks, it’s another hit in a series of body blows that has left them a husk of the team that finished the regular season with 60 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Korver completes something of a brutal cycle, becoming the fifth Hawks starter to deal with injuries this postseason. After losing reserve swingman Thabo Sefolosha for the season after an ankle injury sustained in an off the court incident, the Hawks have had injuries to starters Al Horford (finger), Paul Millsap (shoulder), Jeff Teague (ankle) and DeMarre Carroll (knee). Horford seemed to suffer a knee injury during Game 2, but was able to return and play.

All the injuries are ironic because of the franchise-wide focus all season long on watching minutes played in an effort to avoid injuries and keep players healthy for a postseason run. While Korver has struggled in the postseason thus far, averaging 11 ppg on just 35.5 percent from the three, the threat of Korver on the floor requires defenders to take notice and creates space for the other Hawks – well, at least what’s left of them – to operate.

Without Korver, the Hawks will be forced to rely even heavier on a bench already stretched razor-thin thanks to the other injuries. Down 0-2 to the Cavaliers, with the series shifting to Cleveland for Game 3 on Sunday, the odds are stacked higher than ever against the Hawks.

7 Comments

  1. Getsoff says:

    I really wonder how nobody comments Dellavedova being part of so many interesting situations – Taj Gibson ejected after becoming entagled with him, Kyle Korver to miss the rest of the playoffs after colliding with him and now Al Horford’s flagrant 2?

    Seems like he has a certain role…

  2. Fefe (Nets) says:

    The Realist: they are not bums. Again, they all played with injuries (recent ones) and they still got to the ECF. They are the better team but have not played like it during the 2 games against the Cavs. Now the Cavs have 99% chance to advance especially with Korver out. But let’s not discredit them for the huge season.

    And there are still some games left for them to show what they are capable of

  3. harriethehawk says:

    The Hawks are not Bums. They had a great season. The won 60 games, they got by with minimal major injures (until now), got coach of the year, and made it to the Leastern Conference Finals. NOBODY, not even Hawks fans expected all of this, considering we have no star, no positive attention, and had major management issues. Personally, I’m glad Korver is out. I never thought he was starter material. He’s been cold and let someone else have a shot They have only been regularly rotating about 8-9 guys all season. Let’s Go Hawks!!!!!!

  4. The Realist says:

    The Hawks are bums. They never stood a chance against the Cavs. They are going to be swept and they will not be at the top of the Eastern Conference next year. Will all that said, I wish them the best of luck and I’m happy that Atlanta was able to have a great season.

  5. HG says:

    Bummer! This is too bad for Kyle Korver, one of my favorites in the league. Hope he heals well.

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