McDermott and Korver face off on Creighton’s homecourt
When the Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks game tipped-off Thursday night, it was just another preseason game. But when the 7:39 mark of the first quarter came around, the real match-up started: Doug McDermott versus Kyle Korver.
The two former Bluejay basketball stars returned to Omaha for the Bulls’ and Hawks’ preseason finale. Atlanta topped Chicago with a 97-81 win at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. It was McDermott’s first time back playing at the arena since his Senior Day game March 8, 2014. In that game, McDermott led the Bluejays to a 88-73 win over Providence with a career-high 45 points. He also hit the 3,000-point mark of his career.
In a postgame press conference, which he did with Korver, McDermott mentioned how much he enjoyed being back on that particular court:
“It was fun being out there again. I miss the place a lot…I’m glad me and Kyle could come back and put on somewhat of a show.”
McDermott and Korver were pretty evenly matched throughout the game. They posted 16 points apiece, but Korver was more efficient.
In 30 minutes, the Hawks swingman went 6-for-10 from the field and 4-of-8 on 3-pointers also adding four rebounds, six assists and a rebound. McDermott, on the other hand, struggled to score. He went 5-for-15 from the field, 2-of-6 on 3-pointers and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
The two were often matched up with each other, too. McDermott got his first points of the night after drawing a foul from his fellow Bluejay. A few minutes later, at the 4:24 mark of the first quarter, McDermott tried to make a 3-pointer over Korver, but missed. Korver followed up by making a three of his own in transition with McDermott defending him.
McDermott got back at Korver in the second quarter, though, hiting a Dirk Nowitzki-esque fadeaway jumper that he made so many times throughout his career at Creighton. Korver said in a postgame press conference that he anticipated the play:
“I knew it was coming the whole time, too. I was like this dude’s going to post me up on the elbow and Dirk fadeaway on me, and then he did it and he made it and I just kind of shook my head. Obviously I’ve watched Doug do that it feels like hundreds of times. He’s got that move down. Doug’s got such a bright future in front of him in the NBA. He’s already an amazing player and he’s one of those guys you’ve got to game plan for him already.”
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.