Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday in New York after his post-season was ended early due to injury.
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Korver injured his right ankle in the third quarter of Game 2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the incident and individual involved has certainly faced significant criticism since.
Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova rolled into him while the two players were pursuing a loose ball, but then the Australian did something similar to Al Horford in the next game which saw the Hawks star ejected for his retaliation in dropping an elbow on him.
While there is no suggestion that there is intent and that Dellavedova is a ‘dirty’ player, there is undoubtedly an element of recklessness in his play, particularly in these two instances, and the Hawks were none too impressed with him after it happened for a second time.
Meanwhile, an initial scan on Korver’s ankle suggested that it was a severe high sprain but a second opinion confirmed that surgery was the best option although there is no word on the recovery timetable until after the procedure is carried out.
The Hawks went on to be swept by Cleveland, and with it came a disappointing end to their season after claiming the No.1 seed in the East in the regular season and sending four players to the All-Star Game.
Korver averaged 11.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists with a true shooting percentage of 55.7 percent through 14 playoffs games.
As well as being a significant threat from beyond the arc, the veteran played a key role on defense for the team too and now it remains to be seen what changes are made to the roster ahead of next season as they look to build on this year’s success.