Ex-Bull Kyle Korver extends three-pointer streak to 103 games
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter January 4, 2014 11:24PM
Kirk Hinrich, double-teamed by Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague, had five points Saturday. | Nam Y. Huh/AP
Updated: February 6, 2014 6:46AM
Former Bulls guard Kyle Korver extended his NBA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer to 103 when he swished his first long-range attempt in the first quarter Saturday night against the Bulls.
Korver was a dependable outside threat in two seasons with the Bulls, but he has been even more effective in two seasons as a starter with the Hawks. He has made at least one three-pointer in every game since his first game of last season. He broke Dana Barros’ record of 89 on Dec. 6.
‘‘He just amazes us every day,’’ said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, a longtime assistant with the Spurs. ‘‘We all appreciate what he can do. Now the attention he gets defensively, he still manages to get open and make tough shots. His professionalism and work ethic are off the charts. Until you’re around somebody like that every day, I don’t think you can appreciate it from a distance.’’
Korver has kept the streak alive with a single three-pointer six times this season — he was 1-for-5 against the Warriors on Friday night and 1-for-6 at Boston on Tuesday. But he’s hitting 48 percent of his threes — including 8 of 10 in a 28-point performance Dec. 18 against the Kings.
‘‘It’s impressive,’’ Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich said. ‘‘He’s that type of shooter. I’m happy for him. He works hard. He’s bounced around a little bit. [But] he shoots it great, always has.’’
In two seasons with the Bulls, Korver shot 41.5 and 43.5 percent from three-point range. His longest streak of one or more three-pointers was 24 games.
‘Hanging in there’
Hinrich, who turned 33 on Thursday, played his sixth consecutive game after missing five with a back injury. Hinrich is not exactly spry with all the injuries he has had. But he thinks he has benefitted from a lighter workload, with D.J. Augustin filling in, and hopes to make a bigger contribution soon.
‘‘I’m hanging in there,’’ Hinrich said. ‘‘I think the minutes I’ve been getting [26.6 per game since returning from the injury] have helped. D.J’s been playing great for us — so happy to see that.’’
Next man up?
The Bulls’ frontcourt depth will be put to the test if Carlos Boozer misses extended time. Taj Gibson started in Boozer’s place, but that left little-used rookie Erik Murphy to back up Gibson.
‘‘We have guys who can get the job done,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘We can go small with Murph. [He] can play. We have [Joakim Noah] and [Nazr Mohammed]. We’ve got enough.’’