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Dunktastic Dunks: LeBron James is certain Kyle Korver will shoot even better with the Cavaliers



Dunktastic Dunks: LeBron James is certain Kyle Korver will shoot even better with the Cavaliers

LeBron James is certain Kyle Korver will shoot even better with the Cavaliers
And Tyronn Lue compares him to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
NEW YORK — Kyle Korver is joining the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, and they can’t wait for him to start firing away. The Cavaliers’ trade with the Atlanta Hawkshasn’t been officially completed yet, but they know exactly what he will bring to the table. Before their shootaround for Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, a reporter asked LeBron James if Korver might increase his 40.9 3-point percentage in Cleveland.
“He will,” James said definitively.
The reporter then mentioned Korver’s 49-percent mark on wide-open 3s.
“They’ll go higher than that, too,” James said. “We’re gonna get him the ball. He’s on the floor for a reason. We’re going to get it to him.”
James brought up the great shooters he’s played with in the past, rattling off about half of the Miami Heat’s 2012-13 roster: “At one point in time I was throwing the ball to Ray [Allen], Mike Miller, James Jones, [Mario] Chalmers, [Chris] Bosh and [Shane] Battier. And Rashard Lewis.” It won’t exactly be an adjustment for him, then, when he’s looking for Korver in lineups that also feature some combination of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Channing Frye, J.R. Smith and Richard Jefferson spacing the floor.
The idea is for this environment to bring the best out of Korver. He has never played with a superstar who possesses James’ passing ability, and he’s coming from an Atlanta team that is 23rd in offensive efficiency largely because its spacing wasn’t what it used to be. The mere threat of Korver shooting is enough to bend a defense. Coach Tyronn Lue said that opponents will have to pick their poison when he and Frye, last year’s big midseason acquisition, are out there with James.

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