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Korver Will Start vs. Spurs
Sunday, March 22
"Kyle Korver will play and start today vs. Spurs," Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Vivlamore provided a comment from Korver regarding wearing a protective mask:
The Hawks' Twitter account confirmed on March 16 that Korver would miss the remainder of the team's road trip (three games) after undergoing a procedure to fix his broken nose.
Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News noted how the Hawks were quite shorthanded once Korver exited the floor at the Staples Center:
Vivlamore added that Korver drew an offensive foul on forward Ed Davis on the play he was hurt, so the positive result came at quite a cost.
Korver has managed to stay healthy for much of his exceptional 2014-15 campaign. The hope is that he can wear a protective mask and keep playing down the stretch, because he's extremely close to notching a 50-50-90 shooting season.
The good news is that Atlanta currently holds a 9.5-game lead over Cleveland for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. It'd take an utter collapse down the stretch to not have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
As long as Korver can still emulate his usual contributions and the Hawks can avoid injuries otherwise, there's no reason they shouldn't clinch the regular-season conference title soon enough.