Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer took the opportunity to play John Jenkins and rest Kyle Korver in Saturday’s lopsided loss to the Cavaliers.
Korver started and played just 14 minutes in the 127-94 defeat. He did not play in the second half after the Hawks fell behind by more than 30 points. Korver took just one shot.
Jenkins, who returned from offseason back surgery, had not played in the first eight games. He entered Saturday’s game with 2:37 left in the second quarter. He started the second half at shooting guard in place of Korver.
“It was a good opportunity for us to give John a look and give him some good minutes,” Budenholzer said following Monday’s practice. “He played really well in practice. He played well in the preseason.
“Kyle, played some pretty heavy minutes. I think we played seven games in 11 days. It starts to take a toll on him in the long term so I think where there is an opportunity to keep him healthy, keep him fresh, I’m going to look at those chances.”
Jenkins finished with 12 points, on 5 of 10 shooting, and a rebound in 21 minutes.
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