Ex-Jazzman Kyle Korver proud of consecutive 3-point games record
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Kyle Korver was known for his 3-point shooting during three seasons in Utah, where he set an NBA record by hitting 53.6 percent of his treys in the 2009-10 season.
In four years since leaving Utah, Korver has made nearly 600 more 3-pointers and has solidified his status as one of the all-time best long-range NBA shooters. Just last week, a remarkable streak that may take years to break finally came to an end in Portland.
The former Jazzman had made a 3-pointer in 127 straight games before going 0 for 5 in a loss to Portland last Wednesday, thanks in large part to the defense of another former Jazzman, Wesley Matthews.
“It was a good thing, something I took pride in,’’ Korver said as he sat on the front row of EnergySolutions Arena after Monday’s shootaround. “I think when the season ends, I’ll be able to look back and be proud of it.
"It’s for the offseason,'' he continued. "Right now your mind’s on the grind and just trying to do your job every day and help your team win. When the season’s done and your career is done you can look back. You just try to do your best every day.’’
OPPOSITE OF MILLSAP: A lot was made about Paul Millsap returning to Utah Monday night to play against the Jazz, a team he played with for seven years before going to Atlanta.
Marvin Williams is the opposite of Millsap, having played the first seven years of his career in Atlanta before going to Utah. When asked if it was anything special to be playing Atlanta Monday night Williams said, “Not at all, man.’’
This year was his first playing against the Hawks in Atlanta, which he said was “exciting for me. He says he still has good feelings for the organization.
“Those guys know I have a ton of love for them and I love that organization. They’ve been nothing but good to me,’’ he said. “But I’m a member of the Utah Jazz now and I really like where I’m at right now."
NOT DOWN YET: Despite winning only one game on Utah’s recent Eastern road trip, Williams says the team isn’t getting down on itself.
“Our morale’s been good all year,’’ he said. “Coach (Tyrone) Corbin has been so positive with this young group. He’s keeping us uplifted every day and he’s continuing to push us and keeping us in good spirits.’’
HAPPY FOR OLD ‘MATE: Another former teammate of a Jazz player is doing well in Atlanta.
Shelvin Mack, who was a starting guard on the Butler team with Gordon Hayward that went to the NCAA finals in 2010, has found a home in Atlanta, his third NBA team.
The 6-foot-3 guard was drafted by Washington in the second round of the 2011 draft and also played for Philadelphia last year before landing in Atlanta.
This season, he has started six of the 54 games he has played in and is averaging 7.7 points and 3.8 assists for the Hawks.
“My guy's Shel. He’s found a great place in Atlanta and he’s playing real well,’’ said Hayward. “I’m happy for him and what he’s done — extremely excited for him.’’
OUT OF PRACTICE: When he played for the Jazz, Korver spent his offseasons in Utah and played in both the Utah State Amateur and Utah Open golf tournaments and put up some decent numbers.
But when asked how his golf game is now, he answered “terrible” despite playing a few days ago in Phoenix.
“I got married and had a baby and my golf game has suffered,’’ he said. “Other great great things have happened in my life, but not my golf game. I played in Phoenix the other day when we had a day off, but it wasn’t there.’’
JAZZ NOTES: Karl Malone was at the game Monday, sitting courtside with owner Greg Miller. He helped the Jazz's bear mascot fire free basketballs with a slingshot into the upper deck during one timeout. ... Atlanta great Dominique Wilkins, who was originally drafted by the Jazz, was at the game as part of the Hawks television team. ... After Monday’s game, the Jazz stay at home for games against Dallas Wednesday and the L.A. Clippers Friday before hitting the road for a three-game trip to San Antonio (Sunday), Houston (Monday) and Memphis (Wednesday).
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