Thibodeau not willing to cash in Korver

  • Kyle Korver is in a shooting slump, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has faith that he will start hitting his shots.

      Kyle Korver is in a shooting slump, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has faith that he will start hitting his shots. STEVE LUNDY | Staff Photographer

Updated 5/20/2011 10:27 PM

Kyle Korver got off to a very fast start in the playoffs. But over the past five games, he's hit just 3 of 15 attempts from 3-point range.

The Bulls could have used more outside shooting in Game 2 and they have another 3-point specialist on the bench in Rasual Butler. But coach Tom Thibodeau still believes in Korver's ability to knock down shots.


"You don't throw a guy aside after an entire regular season and a playoff run because he misses a couple shots," Thibodeau said Friday at the Berto Center. "That's not the way it works.

"We're certainly not afraid to use Rasual. Rasual's played well in the league for a long time. (Korver) will stay in the gym and keep shooting. It can change quickly in this league. He can get hot quick."

Korver shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range in the regular season. During the first eight playoff games, he was an impressive 17-for-30 from behind the arc.

"It's very frustrating," he said. "You want to make shots and the easy thing to do is press harder and get really mad and frustrated. I thought I had some good looks the other night (and) the ball goes in and out.

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"The series is young. There's going to be a lot more shots to be taken. If you dwell on the shots that went in and out or your misses earlier, it's just going to hurt you for later on."

With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James roaming the perimeter for Miami, it has been more difficult to get open looks.

"You don't ever know if you're all the way open, because they can be seven, eight feet away and still contest your shot or block it," Korver said. "It does make it difficult. But that's OK. It's fine. You can still make shots."

Rough stuff continues:

One topic of discussion in Miami on Friday was how physical the first two games of this series have been. The 14-10 score in the fourth quarter of Game 2 tells the story.

"When you see all the ice packs on everybody after the game and you see guys laboring to get on to the bus, you see how physical of a series it is," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday. "Fortunately, we were able to have some days to recuperate. Our guys are not shying away from it."


"When you look at our series compared to the other series, it's night and day in terms of style," Dwyane Wade said. "They are very physical. I'm sure both teams in between games, you know, are in the ice tub trying to get their bodies ready for the next one."

No fun in the sun:

With a day off Thursday, Kyle Korver played golf. Derrick Rose said he stayed in and watched "Saved By The Bell" on DVD.

There is a three-day break before Game 3 on Sunday in Miami, which is unusual at any time in the NBA unless it's the all-star break.

"I don't like it. Especially after you lose, you want to go out there and play the next day," Korver said. "Back-to-backs stink in the NBA, but if you lose the first one, you don't have to talk about missing shots for three days. You get to go out there and make shots. It's frustrating, but we don't make the rules."

Asked if he's looking forward to visiting Miami, Korver answered, "I'm looking forward to Sunday night. I could care less about Miami, the city. No one's thinking about sun tans right now."

Haslem gets extra rest:

Miami's Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller did not practice Friday. Miller stayed home because his wife is expecting. Haslem sat out to rest his foot.

Haslem missed most of the season after suffering the foot injury on Nov. 20 and made just two brief appearances before scoring 13 points in 24 minutes in Game 2.

"I don't see why I can't (do it again)," Haslem told reporters in Miami. "I'm going to get out there and lay it on the line. It's never about shots going into the game for me. It's all about rebounding and defense."


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