It’s no secret that Kyle Korver is an extremely important part of what the Atlanta Hawks do offensively.
Even if he isn’t a focal point from a scoring perspective, just the threat of Korver getting going from three-point distance is usually enough for opposing defenses to pay so much attention to him that his teammates get plenty of space to create open looks because of it.
In Friday night’s Game 6 clincher, Korver got loose early, and it was an ominous sign for the Nets.
The first three shots he hit were essentially wide-open looks. And the fact that Brooklyn wasn’t as committed to slowing him as it had been through the most competitive parts of the series made you believe that the Nets would be in for a very long night.
Korver finished with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, and the Hawks rolled on to the second round.