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.”
Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.
Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.
Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.
Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.
But at least the Lakers won.
With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.
Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.
Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.
Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.
T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.