Korver’s 3rd Quarter Fury Leads Hawks over Milwaukee

Bo Churney —  March 31, 2015

Not only did Kyle Korver have a non-spectacular first half, but the Milwaukee Bucks were sticking around and giving the Atlanta Hawks a close game to worry about on their home floor. That all changed when Korver went on an 11-0 run in the third quarter.

The run by Korver took little more than a minute and consistent of four long jumpers, each drawing a bigger ovation from the crowd than the previous. When the dust settled, a five-point game was turned into a 16-point breakaway, which gave the Hawks enough of a buffer to hold off the Bucks and get the 101-88 win.

Those 11 points were the only ones that Korver scored all night, as the sharpshooter was 0-for-6 from the field outside of that 65-second period in the middle of the third. Korver also had five assists in his 34 minutes of play.

Outside of Korver’s run, DeMarre Carroll was the most important Hawks player on the court on Monday night. Carroll scored over 20 points for his second consecutive game, notching an impressive stat-line of 23 points, eight rebounds, and a career-high five assists. Carroll’s offensive game showed his underrated diversity of skill, as he hit two 3-pointers, scored off a variety of cuts, and he even hit a few floaters in the lane. Obviously Carroll is not a guy who is going to carry you offensively, but he is often the guy that scores a difficult bucket when the Hawks need it.

Dennis Schröder left this game in the second quarter with what is being called a toe injury. Schröder did not return and did not travel with the team to Detroit for Tuesday’s game against the Pistons. Really poor timing for Schröder to suffer an injury, as he was playing the best basketball of his career recently.

Speaking of injuries, Jeff Teague returned after missing a couple of game to nurse his ailing ankle and he was relatively unimpressive with eight points and nine assists to go with five turnovers. It will be interesting to see how much Teague plays on Tuesday against the Pistons, as the Hawks surely want to rest him, but are now without Schröder to serve as his backup.

Al Horford’s jumper returned a little bit to life on Monday night, but he was still a bit in a rut offensively by shooting 8-for-18 from the floor. Horford has a true-shooting under 50% since the beginning of March and a lot of his shooting struggles have occurred since the birth of his first child. Coincidence? Probably, but it still would not hurt for Horford to get more rest.

After the game, Bucks coach Jason Kidd ripped his team for perceived lack of effort, but of course at least one Buck was giving full effort; former Hawk Zaza Pachulia was starting for the Bucks on Monday night and he had an impressive game with 18 points and 13 rebounds. It is still nice to see Zaza perform well, even if it is against the Hawks.

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