Key: Shooter’s Touch
The Hawks will see a familiar face at the scorer’s table at some point this afternoon when Kyle Korver checks in for the Cavaliers.
Korver – who’s been the NBA’s top three-point percentage shooter in three of the past four seasons, spent four-and-a-half years with Atlanta before being traded to the Wine & Gold last January. This season, the 15th-year sharpshooter is up to his old tricks, shooting 48 percent from long-range so far, despite going 3-for-10 from deep over his past two games.
Korver finished with eight points off the bench in relief of J.R. Smith on Friday night.
Swish is still looking to snap out of a funk that’s been lingering back into last season. So far this year, Smith has just two double-digit performances, is shooting 27 percent from the floor, including 21 percent from beyond the arc. On Friday night, he was the only starter not to notch double-figures, going 1-for-3 for three points in 29 minutes of work.
There’s still a long, long way to go this season, but the Cavaliers would love Smith to rediscover his shooting stroke at some point soon.