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Hawks likely to stick with Thabo Sefolosha as starter for Game 4

The Atlanta Hawks are likely to stick with Thabo Sefolosha as a starter in Game 4

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Mike Budenholzer elected to make a change to his starting lineup prior to Game 3 inserting Thabo Sefolosha in place of Kyle Korver. Budenholzer told reporters during a conference call on Saturday that they are likely to stick with that alignment for Game 4.

“I think just the energy and good play that Thabo started the game with and the energy and good play that Kyle brought off the bench, I think we felt like that was a positive and something that we will consider between now and tomorrow,” Budenholzer said. “But I think overall that was, in our eyes, something that was a positive.”

Korver had his best game of the series off the bench with 18 points including five made three-pointers. Sefolosha played 29 minutes as the starter and finished with eight points and four rebounds.

The move also shifted Kent Bazemore to the starting shooting guard spot where he struggled to get involved offensively finishing with just three points on five shot attempts in 31 minutes of playing time.

If the Hawks hope to get in the win column in this series, then they are going to need good offensive performances from their key players.

Budenholzer also indicated a similar role for power forward Kris Humphries in Game 4.

Humphries saw his first non-garbage time action of the post season in Game 3 and finished with nine points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of action.