Perhaps feeling a bit complacent, they came out flat and watched the Raptors take a surprising 36-19 lead after the first quarter. Stephen Curry had just three points after the first half, and things only got worse in the third quarter when the Warriors’ deficit ballooned to 27 points. DeMar DeRozan was simply unstoppable at times and scored a team-high 26 points. The Warriors kept fighting, though, and managed to cut the deficit to 18 points at the end of the third. From there, they took complete control of the game.
After somehow tapping away a Jermaine O’Neal rebound on Serge Ibaka’s missed shot with about 6.4 seconds remaining in the game, Westbrook saw Thabo Sefolosha jump into the stands to save the ball from going out of bounds and made himself available for the catch. He then went to the 3-point line and launched it with virtually no time remaining on the clock.
Or was it?
Replays on the shot appeared to show that Westbrook’s foot may have been over the line.
At least not tonight.
Korver is one of three members of the Atlanta Hawks who did not make the trip to Houston to play the Rockets on Wednesday night. He remained in Atlanta to receive treatment for a bruised rib.
So why are we giving you an injury report on an otherwise ordinary player with a fantastic shooting stroke?
Because the last time Korver didn’t make a 3-pointer in a game was 88 games and more than a calendar year ago in the 2012-13 season opener against – you guessed it – the Houston Rockets.
Of course, nobody noticed because (a) Korver didn’t have a streak at the time and (b) he and his teammates were being torched by James Harden, who went for 45 in his Rockets debut.
But it is a tad of a ko-inky-dink that Korver’s first DNP of the season comes against the team that last shut him out from the arc. It also comes following his worst two distance shooting performances of the season as he was a combined 2-of-8 in home losses to Boston and Orlando.
Prior to that, Korver had been absolutely scorching from the arc. He had made at least two 3-pointers in all but one the first 13 games and was 36-of-68 (53 percent) on 3-pointers this season.
Korver did miss seven games last season – five in late November and early December with a back injury, another in March with a sprained toe and the season finale due to rest.
For the streak, Korver is shooting 46.5 percent (227-of-488) from the arc. During his streak, Barros actually was traded from Philadelphia to Boston and was at 44.2 percent (217-of-491).
Even more remarkable is the ignorance of the streak by the media covering a league thoroughly driven by numbers. You would have thought Joe DiMaggio had been resurrected the way folks were tracking Chris Paul’s season-opening double-double streak or Paul George’s run of 20-point games.
Consider the attention the streak would be getting if it belonged to Ray Allen, with his current proximity to LeBron James. Or if it belonged to Stephen Curry, the current darling of NBA fans consumed by what’s “new and hot.”
But because Korver is an ordinary guy who plays for a blah team in a mid-sized market, nobody cares.
Virtually no one is talking at all about Korver’s streak, partially because Korver himself doesn’t like talking about it. And that’s a shame. In a league where more and more emphasis is put on the 3-pointer every season, Korver’s streak is kind of a big deal.
The team injury report gave no indication whether Korver would return Friday, when the Hawks host the Dallas Mavericks. Atlanta visits Wasington on Saturday and San Antonio on Monday.
Stephen Curry suffered a mild concussion on Monday after Marvin Williams inadvertently fell on top of Curry’s head. As a result, the point guard will miss Wednesday’s anticipated matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, a team the Golden State Warriors haven’t beaten since Nov. 3, 2010.
With both Curry and Toney Douglas out, the Warriors may be forced to play Andre Iguodala at the point. Third stringer rookie Nemanja Nedovic may be another option for the team.
The absence of Curry means he will be forced to miss his own bobble head night at Oracle Arena, as mentioned by teammate David Lee:
Is that ironic that @StephenCurry30 is missing his own bobble head night because of head trauma???
— David Lee (@Dlee042) November 20, 2013
James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.
SH Blog: Bryant has full medical clearance to play, Howard and Parsons says Asik has to be professional
The Los Angeles Lakers and fans in general have adjusted to life without Kobe Bryant in the NBA this season. The superstar guard has yet to suit up for his struggling team, as he continues to rehab from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered last season. He did raise some eyebrows last week, telling Rick Fox in an interview that if the playoffs began today, he would play. He further encouraged us all by taking part in the team’s workouts over the weekend. Is his return back to the court imminent? The answer to that and plenty more can be found below:
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Bryant will now be able to hit the floor without any restrictions. It doesn’t necessarily mean he will jump right into game action, but the guard is finally ready to test his ankle joints to the fullest extent. Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report has details:
Bryant has full medical clearance, I was told Sunday by someone in a position to have such knowledge—meaning he can do anything and everything without restriction as the recovery from his ruptured left Achilles tendon nears its conclusion.
Lakers coaches and basketball operations staff are all content to wait for Bryant to decide in his own mind when he’s ready to resume one of the greatest careers in basketball history after one of the worst injuries that can befall any basketball player.