With his team struggling, Mike Budenholzer elected to make a change to the team’s starting lineup prior to Monday’s game sending Kyle Korver to the bench and replacing him with Thabo Sefolosha. The Hawks fell to the Thunder 102-99 for their seventh straight loss but put forth a much better effort than in their previous two games.
Korver talked about the decision on Tuesday with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore and indicated that he would do whatever it takes to help get the team back on track.
“Fine,” Korver said of the decision Tuesday. “We are in a tough stretch and we have to try anything to try to get this going again. I’ll do my best whatever the role is.”
Korver finished with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting against the Thunder. It was just his second double figure scoring effort in the last seven games and the most points he had scored since netting 17 against the Knicks back on November 20.
Korver is averaging 28 minutes per game and played 31 off the bench in Monday’s loss to Oklahoma City so being a reserve doesn’t really mean that he will be playing less especially if Kent Bazemore continues to struggle.