By: Lucas Kochevar
The Hawks came into New Orleans with a 4-game winning streak. The Hawks wanted to keep momentum going. In a shocking turn of events, the Hawks decided to trade sharpshooter Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, and a 2019 1st round pick. Kyle Korver has been a fan favorite and I, personally, have never seen the Phillips Arena crowd as excited as when Kyle Korver shoots a three. Kyle Korver was an expiring contract and he's 35. It isn't the most suprising move, but I never saw it coming so soon with the Hawks recent success. This Hawks team could look very different as soon as this weekend. According to reports, the Hawks don't know whether to trade or keep Paul Millsap. A rebuild is possible for the Hawks but it would be very difficult with the recent contracts of Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore.
The Hawks beat the Pelicans though, without the help of Kyle Korver. The game started off in New Orleans favor as they had Tyreke Evans hit a three-pointer at the end of the the first quarter and the Pelicans were winning 28-23. In the beginning of the second the Hawks and Pelicans were close and then the Hawks went cold on offense and they kept letting the Pelicans score. The Hawks did have some momentum at the end of the 2nd and the Hawks were only down 47-42. In the third quarter The Hawks were able to have a good flowing offense and solid defense to take the lead back at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks were winning 75-72. Late in the fourth quarter the Hawks and Pelican went back and fourth. The Hawks took a 3-point lead with a Dennis Schroder 3-pointer. With clutch free throws late in the game by Paul Millsap, the Hawks won this game to extend their winning streak to 5 games. The saddest part of the game was watching Kyle Korver cheer for the Hawks in the final seconds. Goodbye Kyle Korver, you will be severely missed by Hawks fans everywhere.