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Hawks' Korver out for rest of playoffs with ankle injury

ATLANTA, USA - Atlanta Hawks 3-point sharpshooter Kyle Korver will miss the remainder of the team's NBA playoff run with a severe right ankle sprain, the club announced Saturday.

The 34-year-old American guard suffered the injury late in the third quarter of Friday's 94-82 home loss to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Cavaliers lead Atlanta 2-0 in the best-of-seven series to decide which team will advance to the NBA Finals against the Western Conference champions, either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.

Australian Matthew Dellavedova, a Cleveland guard, rolled into Korver as both chased a loose ball to cause the injury.

An MRI exam performed Saturday confirmed Korver's severe sprain after post-game X-rays had been negative.

Korver averaged 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Hawks this season and connected on 49.2 percent of his 3-point attempts. In 14 playoff appearances, Korver averaged 11.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Korver, an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career this season, owns the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-point basket at 127 and the best 3-point accuracy percentage in a single season at 53.6, set with Utah in the 2009-2010 campaign.

Over 13 NBA seasons, Korver has averaged 10 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists a game. 

- Rappler.com