Kyle Korver of the Altanta Hawks holds the NBA record for most consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal made. The continued growth of his streak had been a flicker of brightness in Atlanta’s otherwise dark and injury riddled season. That streak came to an end last night at 127 games. Korver had not gone a single game without making a three-pointer since his Hawks debut on November 11th, 2012.
In a sense, I am disappointed. Korver is quietly the NBA’s most offensively efficient shooting guard. He leads the entire NBA in true shooting percentage (66.4) as well as three-point percentage (47.6), and he’d top the free throw percentage leader board too if his 58/63 attempts (92.1) were enough to register for consideration. He’s one of the league’s generally unsung heroes and I like to see him succeed.
On the other hand, the end of Korver’s streak is a shining testament to Wesley Matthews’ defense. Matthews was dogging Korver every time he touched the ball. It was clear that he had made it a personal goal to end Korver’s streak. The record books won’t mention Matthews, and those who weren’t watching last night may never know, but his hustle and dedication is directly responsible for snapping the most impressive three-point streak in NBA history.
Matthews often goes without defensive recognition because of his offensive game’s staggering improvement. Although Korver is disappointed, there’s no shame in shooting 0/5 from deep against a pitbull. When Matthews sets his mind to something, you’re not going to have much luck keeping him from his objective. Unfortunately for Korver, their goals were diametrically opposed last night and Matthews won out. Portland’s 24 point margin of victory was almost expected given Atlanta’s injury troubles, but the personal victory for Matthews was a well-deserved cherry on top.