Kyle Korver, who is suffering from back spasms, will not play tonight against the Cavaliers. The guard did not participate in the team shootaround Friday morning but was at Philips Arena. Coach Larry Drew confirmed he will be the inactive player following the workout. Korver missed Tuesday’s practice and left Wednesday’s game against the Bobcats in the third quarter with the injury. The Hawks don’t play again until Wednesday affording Korver plenty of rest.
In Korver’s place, Devin Harris will start at the shooting guard position. Look for the Hawks to play even more up-tempo with essentially two point guards on the court to start the game.
The rest of the starting lineup will be DeShawn Stevenson at small forward, Josh Smith at power forward and Al Horford at center.
Guard Anthony Morrow, who suffered a quad contusion in Thursday’s practice, participated in the shootaround. Drew said a decision on Morrow’s status will be made before the game however it seems likely he will play.
Without Korver, rookie guard John Jenkins could see playing time. Drew would not commit to such a move but said it was possible, especially if Morrow can not play, depending on matchups.
I will post a game thread blog later today.
- Chris Vivlamore