Player News - Hawks

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Tyronn Lue said that he'll make shutting down Kyle Korver a priority for the Cavs during their second-round series with the Hawks.

"When we take [Korver] out of the game, they have a tough time scoring," Lue said. "We know in the last series [against the Celtics], they were a plus-78 when he was on the floor and a minus-24 when he was off the floor. He’s a big part of what they do and we have to lock into him and try to take him out of the series." The Cavs made Korver a non-factor during Game 1, holding him to just one shot attempt, so the Hawks will need to do a better job of trying to get him involved during Wednesday's Game 2.
May 3 - 4:39 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points during a 104-93 loss to the Cavs in Game 1 on Monday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 36 minutes.

It looked like the Hawks were going to pull off an amazing comeback after they erased an 18-point deficit. As for Horford, he was 2-of-10 from beyond three feet and is really struggling with his jumper. Perhaps his groin injury is limiting him, but his defense has been fine.
May 2 - 10:10 PM

Jeff Teague scored eight points in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Monday, adding two rebounds and four assists.

He lost some run to Dennis Schroder because the German point guard shot the ball well in the first three quarters. Teague should get minutes in the upper 20s his next time out, assuming Schroder doesn't get hot again.
May 2 - 10:08 PM

Paul Millsap made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

He saw some minutes at the five, but he was on LeBron James for most of this game. Millsap's rim protection was outstanding yet again, but he's struggled on offense in the postseason. He only has a 50.0 true shooting percentage in the seven games, which is down from 55.6 during the regular season. He's still going to be a huge part of the offense.
May 2 - 10:07 PM

Kyle Korver missed his only shot from the field and made all three free throws against the Cavs on Monday, adding five rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

It's the first time he's had 0-1 attempts from the field in any game since November 2015 and just his fifth such of his playoff career. Korver busted out against the Celtics on the last round, so there's a chance he rebounds in Game 2.
May 2 - 10:04 PM

Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 points against the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, six assists, five 3-pointers and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

Coach Mike Budenholzer went with Schroder in the fourth quarter due to his strong shooting in the first three quarters, but it kind of backfired. Schroder is one of the most Jekyll and Hyde players in the NBA due to how careless he can be at times. He likely won't play this much in Game 2 on Wednesday.
May 2 - 10:02 PM

Kent Bazemore scored 16 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

He's making himself some nice money in the past couple months. Bazemore was aggressive on both ends and isn't passing up many shots. Expect to continue to produce in this series.
May 2 - 10:01 PM

Walter Tavares will be inactive for Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

Edy is a fascinating shot-blocking prospect, but he won't be making any kind of impact in the 2016 playoffs.
May 2 - 12:05 PM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that he expects to use Kris Humphries in the series against the Cavaliers.

"I think we’ll need Kris in this series," Budenholzer said. "I can see us needing Kris and [Mike Muscala] and everybody. I think Kris is always ready. He’s anxious. He’s let me know he is ready to go." Humphries only made one appearance in round one vs. Boston, but Budenholzer may need Humphries for his rebounding ability because Tristan Thompson is a handful on the glass for the Cavs. To be clear, he likely won't see enough minutes to make an impact in fantasy.
May 1 - 9:26 AM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford scored 15 points to help the Hawks advance in a Game 6 104-92 win in Boston on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

The blocks were the story with the Hawk putting up 12 of those to shut down the Celtics offense in the first three quarters. Horford was terrific on defense in this series, but he didn't bring it on the stat sheet. In the six games, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.7 blocks and 1.0 treys. His groin injury looks like it's behind him as he gets ready for a tougher matchup against the Cavs.
Apr 28 - 11:17 PM

Paul Millsap scored 17 points in a series-clinching win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 37 minutes.

It wasn't the best series for Millsap, but he put a stamp on this series with his defense. It'll be very interesting to see what happens in the series against the Cavs because coach Mike Budenholzer will likely put him on LeBron James quite a bit. The stats will obviously be there.
Apr 28 - 11:12 PM

Kent Bazemore scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

He's making some money this month. In his six playoff games, Bazemore averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 treys. He'll have a huge role in the next round and will likely be starting off on LeBron James. Expect him to play minutes in the mid 30s.
Apr 28 - 11:07 PM

Kyle Korver made all four shots from the field and all four from the line for 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

Not bad. He drove his fantasy owners crazy during the regular season, but Korver is kind of rolling now when it counts for the Hawks. In his six games during this series, Korver averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys on a pristine 67.3 true shooting percentage. He'll be very important in the second round and will likely have a mini 3-point contest in a head-to-head matchup with J.R. Smith at shooting guard.
Apr 28 - 11:05 PM

Jeff Teague tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter on Thursday and did return, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, five assists and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

He couldn't really shake his left ankle issue and had to go to the locker room a couple times. Teague will have a few days off before he gets Kyrie Irving on Monday, but he might not need it anyway because it looks minor. The former All-Star will be one of the most important players in the entire second round.
Apr 28 - 10:57 PM

Jeff Teague (left ankle) went to the locker room to be re-taped and has returned

This is the same left ankle that caused him problems for most of the season. He played for a few minutes, went to the bench, came back out to play, and went to the locker room after all that. Teague has suffered a couple minor tweaks before and usually goes to the locker room right away, so this one is very minor. He'll be back on the court soon.
Apr 28 - 8:34 PM


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