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May 23, 2015 Updates

Kyle Korver will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs and will undergo further tests on his right ankle injury that will determine if surgery is necessary. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Korver was injured in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night when he and Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up chasing a loose ball. Korver immediately came off the floor and went to the Hawks locker room. The team later released an update on Korver with an initial diagnosis of a sprain and a doubtful return. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Through two games, Atlanta is shooting 42.9% from the field and 24.5% on three-pointers, lower than their regular-season numbers of 46.6% and 38%. Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll said the Hawks got away from their trademark ball-movement, where the rapid passes lead to open shots near the basket or on the perimeter, especially at the three-point line. "That's what we said at the end of the game, that we played too much isolation ball. We didn't play our team ball, and that's what really hurt us," Carroll said. "The biggest thing going into Game 3, we've got to look at film and get back to playing Atlanta Hawks basketball, because I think we didn't do that tonight." USA Today Sports

Sending double-teams at James left open shooters as the four-time MVP dished out a team-high 11 assists, eight of which led to three-pointers on a night the Cavs canned 12. "A lot of the time you find yourself open and a lot of guys cheating and you only got to tell this guy one time that somebody is sinking in too much and he'll find you," Shumpert said. "Him snapping that ball at you. There's energy in that ball when you get it. If he keeps driving it he keeps everybody coming at him and frees you up." Cleveland was 12-of-30 from distance, outscoring Atlanta by 18 points for the second straight game. "I think we've got to individually keep our man in front of us, especially myself," Carroll said. "They've got great three-point shooters. But at the end of the day, defense has to figure it out. That's Coach Bud's job and I think he will be ready." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Clearly frustrated, the Hawks channeled their inner Detroit Piston Bad Boys. Big man Pero Antic decided the best defense against The Chosen One was shoving him to the floor. Somehow, Reggie Miller thought it wasn’t a flagrant foul. The whole taking-out-the-best-player-in-mid-air approach only made ‘Bron more angry. James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists — just barely missing a triple-double — in the Cavaliers’ 94-82 victory. For The Win

Korver left Game 2 with a sprained right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Al Horford, who already has a bad finger, limped off the court during Game 2 but returned. "We'll know more tomorrow about Kyle. Again, same with DeMarre," Budenholzer said. "We'll be hopeful that it's something relatively minor, and he'll be able to bounce back and play. Until tomorrow we won't know more. Al Horford, he had two or three different times where he got hit in the same spot. The feedback from him after the game, I think that he's going to be OK. It's just one of those things. Couple hits, couple bangs, we're hopeful that he'll be fine going into Game 3." USA Today Sports

The Hawks are in uncharted territory on the court, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in team history. And it looks like they're about to break new sartorial ground as well. SportsLogos.net is reporting that the Hawks have filed a trademark for a new logo, a basketball-with-wings-and-flames-or-maybe-they're-hands. The Hawks had reintroduced their classic "Pac-Man" logo from years past prior to the 2014-15 season following a positive fan reception during the 2014 playoffs, and it appears the new logo will be continuing the team's trend of reinvention. Yahoo! Sports

May 22, 2015 Updates

Jeff Zillgitt: Hawks G-F Thabo Sefolosha (out with season-ending injury sustained in incident with NY police) is at Philips Arena for Game 2. Also in attendance for Game 2 of Cavs-Hawks: NBA commissioner Adam Silver and senior vice president of basketball ops Kiki VanDeWeghe. Twitter @JeffZillgitt


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