It’s not every day that an all-time NBA record is up for grabs and we know it before the game even starts, but that is the exact situation in Philips Arena on Friday night. Atlanta Hawks swingman Kyle Korver tied Dana Barros for the all-time mark for most consecutive games with a 3-pointer on Wednesday, when he notched a triple in his 89th consecutive game, and he’ll be looking to overtake Barros on Friday, when the Hawks host the Cavs.
Korver’s streak has been attacked as inconsequential by some widely known writers (cough, Darren Rovell), but this is an impressive march to the record books. It certainly isn’t the flashiest of marks, but the staggering level of consistency needed to set a “streak” record in a league like the NBA is quite impressive, and his status as one of the league’s best shooters is certainly warranted.
If his numbers are any indication (Korver is a career 42.2% 3-point shooter who is shooting over 51% this season), he is a more than favorable bet to surpass the mark, and in truth, the bigger mystery could be just how far he can go before he’s done making history. The eyes of the stats-focused NBA world are on Atlanta for a Hawks/Cavs game, and it certainly takes an assault on history to have that happen.