Wes Johnson/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Wes Johnson has had good shooting games this season for the Clippers, but he’s had more poor ones. He’s shooting a career-low 39.5 percent overall, just 31.9 percent from 3-point range. That’s his lowest percentage from deep since shooting 31.4 percent – his worst – in 2011-12 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Johnson spoke candidly about his struggles Saturday before practice.
“Obviously, you know you want to see your shots go in,” the 6-foot-7 guard-forward said. “It’s just been one of those things, they haven’t been falling. But when I get them, I’ll take them. So I just have to continue to shoot. Don’t know if they’ll go in unless I shoot it, so it’s one of those things I’ve gotta shoot my way out of.”
Johnson said he’s watched film to study his mechanics, and he’s imposed on teammates for their thoughts.
“I come to the bench and ask everybody, ask the players what they see, ‘Do I need to hold it more? Am I rushing it?’ ” he said. “I ask the coaches. So it’s one of those things I could break myself; I just want to see from everybody else what they see as well.”
Coach Doc Rivers hasn’t noticed anything mechanically wrong.
“No, he’s just not making them,” he said. “I don’t think he’s hesitating much, which I don’t want him to. I think at times, he probably is; anybody would. But we just keep telling hm to shoot it. I even told him in front of the team and a couple of other guys, ‘If I see you hesitating one time, I guarantee you come out.’ ”
Johnson is averaging 6.6 points and 20.3 points in 71 games, seven of them starts.