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Korver will be at the All-Star game next month in February. He has agreed to take part in the 3-point shooting contest. However, there is a chance he could be in New York for more of the festivities. Several Eastern Conference coaches have said over the past two weeks that Korver will be among the Hawks they include on their All-Star reserve ballot. The notion is a surprise to Korver. “I stopped trying to prove everybody wrong a long time ago. It wasn’t good motivation for me. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster if you play that game. But I love basketball. I love team basketball. I love playing hard. I love all the aspects of the game, not just shooting but passing and defense. I feel like that’s what we do here. We do all of it and we do it as a team. I don’t feel like I’m a superstar by any means, but I feel like I’m a great piece. I feel like I’m in a really good situation.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Once again, Korver captured the attention of the fans and media with another dunk – the first time in his career he has done so in back-to-back games. He was looking to downplay the dunk after the game, saying he would “go glass” with a simple layup next time. Korver joked he hoped not to see the dunk on SportsCenter again, claiming it would be the two worst dunk highlights in history. The comment caused Millsap to burst into laughter two lockers down. Elton Brand, again, claimed he had no $100 bet with Korver on whether the guard would dunk before the center hit a 3-pointer. No payout. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Adding gravity to that chase: Korver is arguably on pace for the greatest shooting season in league history. "His preparation is off the charts. His professionalism, he's a perfectionist," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who also coached Kerr when he was an assistant in San Antonio. "In some ways, being around a shooter like Steve Kerr for several years and (watching) how hard he worked at his craft and how much attention there was to detail and all the little things that go into making shots -- I think those guys have some similarities. And then in some ways they're very different in how they get shots and make shots and everything. But I can guarantee their coaches were happy they were on their team." FoxSports.com

Korver is the most consistent weapon in basketball beyond 24 feet. He's engineered his own long-range layup line. "I feel like for the most part I've shot the ball fairly consistently, and I think the thing with percentages, if you really watch guys' percentages, a lot guys have a lot of good games but there are those outlier bad games that really kill percentages. And I think it's trying to minimize those," Korver said. "You can have a few, but just try to be consistent with who you are and your approach." FoxSports.com

"A big part of, for me, shooting is understanding my shot, understand my check points, if I'm off where that comes from and keeping your body healthy. As you get older, you learn it's not just about, 'Did I get up 1,000 shots yesterday?'" Korver said. "It's more, 'Did I get my lift in? Did I get my legs stronger? Did I get the massage, do I feel good?' Those things tend to take on as big of a role as getting your shots up every day." FoxSports.com

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