Hawks finally confirm Korver needs surgery — but nothing else

Kyle Korver suffered a serious ankle injury in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals and will require surgery. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Kyle Korver suffered a serious ankle injury in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals and will require surgery. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Perhaps its best if we just get our Hawks medical reports from DeMarre Carroll from now on.

Following Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night, Carroll was discussing a play in which teammate Al Horford and Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova became tangled while chasing a loose ball, leading to only technical foul on Dellavedova and a Flagrant-2 foul and ejection for Horford (who threw an elbow after believing Dellavedova went after his knees). This came after Dellavedova fell on Kyle Korver while going for a loose ball in Game 2, possibly causing/worsening his reported ankle injury.

Within Carroll’s comments, he let it slip that Korver was expected to have ankle surgery and could be out for four to six months: “I just seen Dellavedova diving. You know, he did it to Kyle. He’s one of our starters and he gotta have surgery, he’s out 4-6 months. And he did it to Al.”

The Hawks immediately denied Carroll’s comments, saying Korver and the team’s medical staff were still gathering information. Well, guess what? The team announced before Tuesday night’s game that Korver was having surgery — but that’s all they announced.

Ankle? Foot? Ligament? Cartilage? Appendix? Nose job?

Coach and interim general manager Mike Budenholzer was asked about Korver’s reported surgery before the game and this is what he said: “Kyle went to New York and got a second opinion. Additional tests, additional information. It’s been determined that he’ll need surgery. He’s scheduled for surgery tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon, and I think this was always part of the original timeline. There was some hope that surgery may not be required but with additional information, additional testing, he will need surgery for his … to get him back to where we want and we all want what’s best for Kyle and we look forward to having him back.”

Ligament damage, cartilage …?

“I couldn’t answer that honestly right now. … We’ll know more (after the) surgery to know exactly what is happening. That addition information will come when appropriate. ”

Diagnosis?

“I think it would best for our doctors and that information will come from (publicist) Garin (Narain) or our medical staff.”

Narain, who takes his marching orders from Budenholzer, declined to provide more information. But if Dr. Carroll was correct with his four-to-six-month comment on Korver’s absence, it would suggest something as significant as ligament damage.

Regardless, I believe the Hawks have become the first team in sports history to announce a surgery but not divulge what for.

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34 comments
freezboy
freezboy

maybe they didn't want to tell you schultzie...or anyone else for that matter....but especially you...

Terrytime
Terrytime

bring Danny Ferry back, The Hawks are getting on Track! .


Peachs
Peachs

I watch moving bulldozing screens, arm barring, blocking below the waist that would make Paul Johnson blush which then is culled out by situational fouls that are used by the refs to steer the results.  Watch the foul call on Teague for protecting himself being chest bumped by Matthew Dellavedova, Teague literally gets knocked off balance raises his arm and a foul is call,  The point guards from both teams had been raising their arm into the defender, all night no call. I have listened to people around this sport all my life comment on the ref control of the games and how the cash cow is more important than the game even for the losers now days.

PFalcon
PFalcon

@Peachs Right...  Because we all know the NBA wanted nothing more than a 4-game sweep.  Why would they want potentially 3 more games to broadcast on TV and make gobs of $$$.  Obviously it was more important for the NBA to let Lebron into the finals as quickly and painlessly as possible.  I'm pretty sure word from the NBA got down to Horford that he shouldn't put forth any effort in game #4.  Yep, that makes so much sense...  <sarcasm off>


The worst kind of sore losers are the ones that blame the refs for their teams failures...

joatl
joatl

@PFalcon @Peachs and its not fair to just ignore the bad calls either. That is what the NBA wants, for people to stop complaining and to believe that everything was fair when it obviously was not....and complaining doesnt excuse some Hawks playing poor either.

swimfin2
swimfin2

I stopped watching when I realized the refs were not going to call the conf finals the same way they have all season. 


RangeRover
RangeRover

This team desperately needs a leader.  Coach Budenhozer sounds like he's he just awakened from a nap, Jeff Teague, the Point Guard and supposed leader, sounds like a Sleepy Zombie when he speaks, and the othersare just nice, calm guys.

The team needs a Ronnie Lot, a David Justice, a Magic Johnson type personality to kick some butt!  With that effort last night. the first two games of this series, and several other games in the 1st & 2nd round, this team shouldn't cash their last paycheck.

Regardless, watching how this series was officiated reminds my why I don't watch or take the NBA very seriously.

Raft
Raft

This is a silly article. Kyle Korver has a high ankle sprain and got a 2nd opinion. He needs surgery. What else do you need to know?

pong
pong

Med info is private. Get a HIPPA release.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Quitters. Caves were by far the better team but doesn't excuse the Hawks lay down performance last night. Says a lot about their character or lack thereof.

pong
pong

Matt Dirtyplayer is a cheater. Go Warriors or Rockets!

DoctorNo
DoctorNo

Unfortunate for Korver, he's a good player but it would not have mattered. He might have made it slightly closer. Embarrassing. 

ATLSportsRiseUp
ATLSportsRiseUp

Obama and the Muslim refs cheated the refs. The refs don't love this country.

-Hawks Fans

JSSN
JSSN

All you want from a team is earnest effort. 3 of the 4 games in this series, the Hawks team failed that standard. Players will have to look themselves in the eye this off-season (other than Carroll) and ask what they are made of.  Good season, now go for great team status!

58Supersports
58Supersports

Hawks had a great year, better than expected. Bring Ferry back and get the players to win it all.

Tonight's game was a given... to many hurt and beat up. I'm still proud of these guys, Coach Bud and the fans.

Now it's Braves and Falcon time....

HotDawg
HotDawg

3 months......

Football season!

YES!!!!!

jimbob22
jimbob22

why does the homepage say 'Kyle Kover'?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Their AJC.com copy editor is not a very good spell checker.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Hawks choked in previous games.

Tonight they flat out quit.

David McCallum
David McCallum

@HotDawg Anytime a game is that lopsided, it is a clear indication to me that the team quit. I don't believe in moral vistories in sports. This season was an abject failure and for any Hawks fan who sees otherwise only validates what the sports think about Atlanta fans. The Cavs showed absolutely no respect for the Hawks.

pong
pong

Why try if the refs are gonna take it away?

joatl
joatl

We needed our players healthy to have a chance. They were not and we are gone.

David McCallum
David McCallum

@joatl No excuses. We need a major superstar. I think the Hawks organization has gained enough credibility from this season to the point that now they should be able to go out there and bring in a major superstar. This San Antonio east thing is finally put to bed. What people failed to realize that Tim Duncan is a major superstar.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Another underwhelming playoff performance by an ATL team. Our teams are masters of the regular seasons and turn into pathetic pumpkins once the playoffs begin.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Oh there were plenty of non-masterful regular seasons.

Enjoy the journey.

Only one team can win a championship.

At least compete and get in the mix. That's all any team can ask for.

Sports are funny. There are no guarantees for wins or losses. That's why they play the games.

And that's one reason we all watch.

McGarret
McGarret

These birds are drawing plenty of iron on a stingy 1st half rim but..........rise up bench rise up!!!!!!

Wilbo
Wilbo

Ooooooo, Jeez Louise! 32-20 after a quarter of Game 4. Looks like the fight - whatever little fight the Hawks had - is gone.


Adios

Wilbo
Wilbo

He has absolutely sucked and looked totally cowardly on the infamous "Run from LeBron play," but still my heart goes out to the guy being injured and needing surgery. 


I hope the surgery is successful and he heals quickly and gets back to playing basketball. (just somewhere else, PLEASE...)