Last season, Kevin Durant's quest for the holy grail of shooting efficiency — 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line — was well-documented.
And throughout the eventually successful process, Durant seemed well-aware and even consumed with the feat.
But this season, with the milestone already on his resume, Durant said he's less concerned about the percentages and more focused on his offensive aggression.
“I just like how aggressive I am, no matter if I'm making shots or if I'm missing them,” Durant said. “I'm not always going to shoot 50 percent or over 40 percent from the 3-point line. Free-throw percentage, I got to be better at that. But 3s and regular field-goal percentage, I just try not to worry about it and focus on being aggressive for my team.”
Entering play on Tuesday, Durant was shooting 47 percent overall, 37 percent from the 3-point line and 88 percent from the free-throw line.
ROBERSON STARTS IN PLACE OF SEFOLOSHA
With Thabo Sefolosha sitting out due to a sprained right knee (Scott Brooks said he's day-to-day), rookie forward Andre Roberson got his second career start on Tuesday.
And in 12 minutes, Roberson proved useful, scoring two points, grabbing five rebounds, blocking a shot and harassing Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver all over the court.
Brooks said he went to Roberson, who recently returned from an impressive three-game stint with the D-League's Tulsa 66ers, for his defensive capability, but also as a way to keep the bench rotation the same.
Durant on Kyle Korver's NBA record streak of 91 straight games with a 3-pointer: “That's amazing. I was thinking about that the other day. I don't think I could last 50 games (making) one 3-pointer a game. Ninety, that's just an amazing, amazing accomplishment.”
HAWKS HOPING TO BUILD SPUR-LIKE CULTURE
For the past 18 seasons, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has been working under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.
Now in Atlanta, Budenholzer is hoping to bring that Spurs' culture with him.
“They don't have the exact same offense, but they move the thing and they're one of the best passing teams in the league and that's exactly what the Spurs did last year,” Durant said. “Budenholzer is a great coach, man. He's got those guys playing hard, buying into the identity of the team.”
STAT OF THE GAME
Reggie Jackson has hit a 3-pointer in eight straight games, a career-high.