Dec 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EST
Josh Smith’s unwavering confidence in his midrange jump shot is to be admired — he sticks with it in the face of all available evidence that he shouldn’t take it. There is something impressive about that stubbornness.
In the Atlanta Hawks six games before Monday night Smith has taken 33 shots from beyond 15 feet and has missed 27 of them (thanks Hoopdata).
So Larry Drew sat down and talked to Smith about his shot selection — again, following in the footsteps of Mike Woodson — according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“We don’t want to come out jacking shots up, and he has done that the last couple of games,” Drew said. “I have brought it to his attention we have got to be more mindful that we do have to get established early in the paint.”
It may have worked, Smith started out Monday night against the Bucks trying to establish himself in the post.
“I don’t mind jump shots but we’ve got to establish inside, then out,” Drew said. “He is a guy we rely on to be effective in the post. I am going to go to him and I expect him to deliver down there, not to settle for being on the perimeter [when] people playing five feet off of him and then he’s jacking it up.”
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