Atlanta Hawks forward Kyle Korvicks’ career-high 12 points on 2-of-5 shooting on Tuesday night are nothing to sneeze at, but they do show the Hawks are struggling to get points at the rim.
Korvings’ average of 17.3 points per game this season ranks dead last in the league.
His 5.9 turnovers per game are second-worst in the NBA.
The Hawks, who have gone 8-1 without Korver this season, have won eight straight in the series.
Korver is averaging 20.6 points on 62.7 percent shooting in those games, but the Hawks have scored fewer than 100 points just once in those seven contests.
It’s unclear how much the Hawks will be able to improve on Korver’s production from last season, when he averaged 23.4 points on 66.6 percent shooting.
Korvaris shot 10 of 22 from 3-point range against the Pacers, but his numbers from there were worse than his averages from the past two seasons.
He had 10 points on 5-of–8 shooting, and the Hawks were outscored by 11 points in the paint.
The key for Atlanta will be to limit the damage that the Hawks can do when Korver has the ball, and to do so while limiting their offensive output.