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Hawks Drew has issue with Smith’s shot selection. Now?

May 6, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago Reuters

In the first half and the start of the third quarter, Atlanta’s Josh Smith was firing away jump shots — and he was 0-for-6 from beyond 16 feet. He made up for that with four turnovers.

All that frustrated coach Larry Drew, who saw that as playing into the hands of the Bulls defense, he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“I want him flying all over the place,” Drew said. “I don’t want him sitting out there just shooting jump shots and trying to make plays off the dribble.”

Drew is right. Completely. We have just one little question:

Now you’re mad about this? Where was this anger during the season?

This season Smith averaged 6.3 shots a game beyond 16 feet and 5.9 at the rim (via Hoopdata). For the record, Smith shot 68.9 percent at the rim, 39 percent from 16 feet out to the arc and 33.1 percent from three.

Smith has killed the Hawks offense with jump shots all season — he has defied Drew’s motion offense and shot more long balls per game than he has at any other point is his career.

And now Drew is mad? He needed to curb this behavior long ago.

  1. dvic13 - May 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Being a Bulls fan, I love it every time this guy shoots long jump shots. He’s really good going to the basket, but gets caught up trying to be something he is not.

    • philtration - May 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      I was really happy to see him shooting from out there.
      Better to have Smith shooting 18 footers than Crawford or Johnson.

  2. LPad - May 6, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    A simple solution to this would be to give Smith some more postups, maybe Drew should consider that instead of complaining to the media about shot selection that is a direct result of his motion offense. Over half their offensive possessions, Smith starts out 16 feet or further from the basket.

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