Lionel Hollins swats down any potential controversy involving his comments on Kyle Korver.
ATLANTA — Lionel Hollins didn’t back off his comments about Kyle Korver, but he also needed to clarify they weren’t as harsh as one reporter interpreted.
Asked after Wednesday’s 96-91 loss whether Korver “changed his mind about being an elite three-point shooter,” the Nets coach fired back, “No. What did I say the other day?
“Somebody asked me if he was the greatest three-point shooter in history. I didn’t say he wasn’t a good three-point shooter, so don’t even go there with me.”
Two days earlier, Hollins, when told Korver statistically is one of the best three-point shooters of all-time, contrasted the Hawks’ guard to Stephen Curry in explaining why he wasn’t concerning himself much with game-planning for Korver.
“It’s not like we’re talking Curry,” Hollins said Monday. “Korver, he’s a great come-off-the-screen guy, he’s great with moving without the ball, but he rarely puts the ball on the floor like Curry and shakes you up.”
In Game 1, Korver scored a game-high 21 points on 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. On Wednesday, he scored 17 points on 3-of-7 from deep.
“It was good that we were home and we had a great crowd,” Korver said. “And we were able to pull it out at the end.”
Mirza Teletovic made his first appearance in three months, entering as the first sub off the bench six minutes into the first quarter. He didn’t last long, though.
The Bosnian, who was medically cleared to play only four days earlier, missed a shot, committed a turnover and was subbed out after two minutes. He had another cameo in the second half, playing four minutes total while missing both of his three-point attempts.
“The first few minutes is going to be tough,” said Teletovic, who was originally ruled out for the season after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs. “I know it’s going to be tough, definitely. I didn’t play for three months and I have to have my mind-set what to do to help out on defense, rebounding, if you get an open shot, shoot it. Just try to do whatever the team needs.”
Hollins shook up the lineup, starting Bojan Bogdanovic at guard over Markel Brown in attempt to boost the offense.
Bogdanovic hadn’t started since the first game after the All-Star break.
“I wanted to see if we can get off to a little better start,” Hollins said. “Make Kyle (Korver) have to guard somebody.”
The change produced mixed results. The Nets were again handled in the beginning, falling behind by 12 in the first quarter. But Brown, the rookie, never stepped off the bench while his two-man replacement — Bogdanovic and Alan Anderson — combined to score 21 points on 50% shooting.
Hollins also could’ve started Anderson — who is a better defender than Bogdanovic — but decided Anderson, coming off a sprained ankle, wasn’t ready.
“I thought Bogdanovic did a nice job against Kyle Korver (in Game 1). It doesn’t matter,” Hollins said. “Bogdanovic has been playing, Alan is just coming off an injury. It’s just got in a situation last game where I probably played (Anderson) more than I anticipated. I’m not ready to put him out there.”
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