It is no secret that Jared Dudley has been struggling to shoot the ball for the Los Angeles Clippers this season. He has been quite critical of his own play throughout the year by publicly disparaging himself and his shooting ability. ”There’s no doubt about it. If I was the coach, I’d bench me the way I’ve been playing, the way I’ve been shooting the ball,” Dudley said in a Dec. 13 press conference.
However, Dudley’s three-point shooting last night against the Charlotte Bobcats has to be incredibly encouraging for the small forward. Dudley went 6-9 from three-point land and 7-10 from the field after shooting just 4-19 from three in the previous six games.
“For me, to see the ball go in once or twice it breeds confidence,” said Dudley after the game.
And confident he was. Dudley systematically dropped in three after three on the Bobcats, who boast one of the better defenses in the league. He also got his teammates involved by making a few flashy, no look passes to DeAndre Jordan and Ryan Hollins down in the post.
Dudley is still shooting a suspect 36.4 percent from three so far this season, which is well behind his career mark of 40 percent. This is especially damaging to Doc Rivers‘ Clippers, seeing as their other three-point specialist, shooting guard JJ Redick, has been out for about a month and will miss time all the way until mid-January. Hopefully these recent numbers from Dudley are a sign of better things to come for the Clippers, at least until Redick is healthy.