It probably is not accurate to characterize Jamal Crawford's struggles as a shooting slump because that implies the Hawks guard actually is taking his normal shots.
Crawford is 47-of-135 (35 percent) from the field in his past 12 games, well below his season average of 42 percent. In four of his past seven games Crawford has failed to shoot more than nine times.
The declining shooting percentage has Hawks coach Larry Drew less concerned than does Crawford's lack of aggressiveness. Drew said it's "nothing unusual" for scorers to go through rough shooting stretches, but he needs Crawford to keep attacking.
"I need him to be in that assassin mode, just letting it fly," Drew said. "It seems like he's doing a little bit of thinking out there, which that is not when he is at his best. He is an instinctive ballplayer, so he's got to allow his instincts to take over. When he plays like that we are much better."
So before the Hawks played at the Lakers late Tuesday, Drew told Crawford: "Don't think about it. Just play."
Crawford, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, usually provides the only consistent scoring punch among Hawks bench players.
Drew wants Crawford to attack
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Feb 23