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Larry Drew not happy with (Josh Smith’s) shot selection after loss to Celtics

Mar 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Larry Drew, Josh Smith, Kyle Korver

Hawks head coach Larry Drew lamented his team’s poor shot selection after a loss in Boston on Friday, one where his team gave up 118 points to a Celtics squad that hadn’t scored that many since an overtime win over the Nuggets way back on Feb. 10.

Atlanta shot 45.5 percent from the field as a team, which isn’t terrible. But Drew said the types of shots his players were taking ended up feeding into his opponent’s hands.

From Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“If you are not taking good shots, it’s as good as a turnover,” Drew said. “That is not anything we’ve haven’t talked about every road game we’ve played. We talk about our shot selection. We talk about not turning the ball over. We talk about limiting them to one shot and coming up with the rebound. When you take bad shots it’s as good as a turnover and tonight we took quite a few.”

Drew didn’t name names, of course, but a cursory glance at the box score tells us that he must have been referring to Josh Smith.

On a night when Al Horford was out of the lineup due to illness, Smith took it upon himself to take control of the offense. He finished with 18 points on 7-23 shooting, including making just one of his five shots from three-point distance.

Smith shot the ball 10 more times than any of his teammates, and checking out where the shots were coming from, it’s not difficult to see exactly what his head coach was talking about.


There’s a lot of long twos mixed in there, and Smith finished the night shooting 6-11 in the paint, but just 1-12 outside of it.

Drew can make veiled references to Smith’s shot selection through the media all he wants, but the fact is he’s allowed Smith to play this way going on three seasons. Whether Drew’s offense is the issue or whether he simply hasn’t been able to get Smith to attack the basket the way he should, plenty of the blame for Smith’s shot selection rests firmly on the coach’s shoulders.

  1. 13arod - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    and he wants a max contract

  2. Maurice Barksdale - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    It’s quite obvious that Josh Smith could care less what Larry Drew thinks. The more Larry Drew harps on Smith’s shot selection, the more Smith continues to take stupid shots. Smith basically does whatever he wants on the court, and he knows Larry Drew won’t do much if anything to stop him.

  3. chrismt79 - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Smith has the potential to be a great player if he was under the right tutilidge. Place him under a Sloan or Pop, someone who’s had a guy like Malone or Duncan, and understands how to coach the PF position. Give him a decent Pg to run the PR with and some how spark his interest in defense, and you have a top 5 power forward in the league. Unfortunately I don’t foresee his career being anything more than what it has been. It’s a shame to, he’s got the size and athletic ability to dominate. (Not to mention he’s a southpaw)

  4. progress2011 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    C’Mon Danny Ferry….I KNOW how you have been clearing out salary space, you will find a way to get rid of this one dimensional, OVER-RATED …did I mention one dimensional guy.

    This guy is a 6th man, on any championship caliber team….At Best !

    Get rid of this guy at the FIRST opportunity !

    • pglive21 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      You do know he’s a free agent right? Danny Ferry doesn’t have to get rid of him, he can just let him walk. Also Josh could easily be the 3rd best guy on a championship team. 6th man? You are far too unobservant. One thing that no one has accused Josh Smith of being is one-dimensional.

  5. bobulated - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Josh Smith taking stoopid shots? This also just in; water is wet, the Pope is Catholic and bears crap in the woods.

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