ATLANTA -- Even if the Wizards are able to contain Kyle Korver, it guarantees nothing when their second-round series with the Atlanta Hawks begins Sunday at Phillips Arena.
That's because in losing three times to them this year, the Wizards held Korver -- the NBA's No. 1 three-point shooter at 49.2% in the regular season -- to two points on 0-for-4 shooting on Nov. 25 and six points on 1-for-7 shooting for six points.
And Korver didn't shoot particularly well for the Hawks who struggled to put away the No. 8 seed Brooklyn Nets in six games in the first round. The teams split the first four games with Korver combining to shoot 12-for-36 from three-point range. But the Hawks won the last two when Korver shot 11-for-22 from deep.
"Just make sure you know where he is at all times. I've got a tough task. I've got to chase him around," said Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal. "So I got to bring my running shoes and make sure I'm aware. I can't lose a step. I can't get hit by screens. I got to make sure I'm physical with him, make him uncomfortable and get him going the way I want him to go.
"He moves tremendously without the ball. I've got to credit him because he's one of the best in the league. ... He's constantly moving. The ball goes into the post, he's cutting to get the ball. They find him. They look for him. That's all you can say."
Coach Randy Wittman isn't confident with how his team switches on defense. But the Nets were successful with Korver because they did just that. It requires all five players to be on the same page with the coverages.
Garrett Temple, a defensive specialist at 6-6 who didn't play for the Wizards in the first round vs. the Toronto Raptors because of a right hamstring strain, should help in this area and will be available for duty. Given the plethora of three-point shooters for Atlanta, namely Korver, he likely will be activated.
"The challenge is don't leave him open. When he gets on, they're a tough team to beat," said Temple. "You just have to be where he is at all times. Not disregarding your concepts defensively if you have to be in help but understanding you may not be able to help as much. You may be a half a step closer to the three than than a guy whose maybe not a shooter like him. Awareness is the biggest thing because during broken plays he likes to chase the ball. In transition he likes to just run, spot up. Trail like a big would do instead of running to the corner."