Atlanta Hawks: What happened to Joe Johnson’s 3-point shot?

Speaking of jump shots . . .

J.J. is having his least efficient season scoring since he came to Atlanta (while still leading the team in usage percentage). A big part of the reason for that is his 3-point shooting, which is at a career-low 28.9 percent for the season.

If the elbow injury explained the poor shooting before, it doesn’t seem to be a factor now.

Since January, a month when Joe was on a tear, he’s 38 of 122 (31 percent) on 3-pointers. The more time that passes since the surgery, the worst J.J.s 3-point shooting gets: 23 of 65 in January, 13 of 39 in February and 2 of 18 to start this month. He’s 2 for 23 on 3s in his last five games. With his free-throw rate still so low, all of those missed 3-pointers are dragging down J.J.’s efficiency (not to mention his production).

Joe said weeks ago that the elbow feels better. He also says he feels fresher this season because of the games he’s missed–he’s on pace to play 2,642 minutes, his fewest for a full season since he came off the bench for the Suns in 2002-03.

J.J. said open looks haven’t been a problem. So if J.J. is getting good shots and he’s feeling good, why aren’t his 3-pointers falling?

“I don’t know,” he said. “It just happens, man. They will fall [eventually].”

He said he doesn’t change his routine during times like this.

“Playing in this league, this is my 10th year, I just try to keep a short memory,” J.J. said. “I don’t worry about the last game. I just move forward. That’s the kind of attitude you have got to have. So that’s my approach.”

L.D. isn’t sure that’s been working for J.J.

Drew said he went back and looked at video of J.J.s last several games to analyze his 3-point shots.

“If there is one thing that I notice with his 3, at times, he hesitates,” Drew said. “There is kind of a pause there before he lets it go. I don’t know if that if affects him or not. We went back and looked at some tape as far as Utah. We looked at his feet position, his shoulders; whether he is leading with his right side; is he hesitating, is he bunny-hopping into the shot, is he ‘one-two’ into the shot.”

Lester Conner met with J.J. after Thursday’s practice to show him what the video breakdown of his 3-point shots.

“[They were better] when he caught it and went into rhythm and let it go,” L.D. said. “I’m not saying they are always going to go in, but I really want him not even thinking about it. I want him catching it and going right into his shot. A lot of players when they are wide open they will take their time going into the shot. I think that is one of the worst things you can do. You have got to shoot that thing like someone is coming at you.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

155 comments Add your comment

Westurd

March 11th, 2011
11:40 am

first……a spot the Hawks will never see

Trojan

March 11th, 2011
11:44 am

Hey Brain Surgeons: Stop shooting them, drive to the basket. LD, you don’t have to look at film to say drive the ball or pass the ball closer to the basket.

Jump shooting teams will always fail in the playoffs.

Oh, I forgot, we are reinventing what wins in the NBA.

lewis

March 11th, 2011
11:46 am

We need a starting SF lol

rod

March 11th, 2011
11:48 am

@ lewis we got one..his name is damien wilkins lol

rod

March 11th, 2011
11:53 am

and by the way jordan crawford is playin better than any our guards right now, they are so stupid for trading him away he was our future! john wall + nick young +jordan crawford = playoffs for the next 10 years….

lewis

March 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

As for JJ, just stop shooting them.

jgsbirds

March 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

folks get over jordan crawford–he’s not that freaking good.

jj post up and ld find someone that can get the ball to him.

everyone else go to the glass for goodness sake. i can’t believe how many times we shoot from the outside without any one else from our team inside the paint–flat out stupid.

defense–box your man out and then go get the ball and run.

pretty simple stuff.

bronkelliott

March 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

hey everybody it”s the strip club buys.. led by JJ & Smoove! What a team of duds!

Dtruth

March 11th, 2011
12:05 pm

JJ is not a leader, he does not make his teammates better, his game is one dimensional, he shows no emotion, he dribbles too much, he does not take over games. Basically he is a complimentary player this being paid as a player that can lead your franchise and as he told the fans after a lethargic showing in the playoffs ” He does not care what the fans think”. Good Luck Hawk Fans.

ICECOLD

March 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

5th… the spot the hawks are in!!!! Lol..

PaulieOldschool

March 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

I like the fact that a 31% 3-point shooter has the guts to say yesterday, “we’re a jump shooting team.” Yeah, they will start to fall eventually, but they ain’t falling now, so MOVE the ball, PENETRATE, and PASS OFF. JJ not only hampers us with his bloated contract, but with his desire to want the ball too much. Forcing shots is desperation and we already have way too much of that. Do the other things that lead to points and movement, and everything else falls into place.

Hollywould

March 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

Lester Conner shooting coach? Man, this guy could not shoot when he played. Maybe that’s the problem.

Section 303

March 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

Does Joe Johnson know anything? Every answer, to just about every question, is “I don’t know, man….”

I agree with Trojan. Stop shooting so many d@mn three’s then. He has been awful from there this entire season, except for the January abberation.

atlienforlife

March 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

Thanks for bringing this up Michael; the real problem with the team this year is JJ. Johnson along with crawford are playing terrible this year. And that’s a shame, because everyone else on this team is playing better. I think joe got comfortable after his contract, and jamal is still mad about his.

vajeje johnson

March 11th, 2011
12:13 pm

his head is elsewhere.

dayoldfries

March 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

i hate everybody named joe

GuntherPeterson

March 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

Remember when Joe and the Hawks got embarrased and lost by over 100 points in the Orlando Magic series loss last year, Joe Johnson stormed off the court and said, “I dont care about the fans and what they think.” I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE JOHNSONS 3-POINT SHOT. IT DISAPPEARED AS SOON AS JOE WAS GRANTED A MAX CONTRACT. I KNOW THAT NOONE ELSE WILL SAY IT, BUT JOE HAS FLAT OUT QUIT PLAYING SINCE THEY ARE PAYING HIM NOW. YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT JUST THE OPPOSITE WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. IF IT WAS ANYBODY WHO CARED, THEY WOULD HAVE SAID, OK, NOW THAT I’M MAKING THE LEAGUE MAXIMUM MONEY, LET ME GO OUT AND SHOW EVERYONE THAT I DESERVE IT. NO, OF COURSE HE WOULDNT SAY THAT. INSTEAD HE SAYS, OK, NOW THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN ME A MAX CONTRACT, THEY WERE FOOLS FOR DOING THAT AND I WILL GIVE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF EFFORT BECAUSE I DONT HAVE TO GIVE IT MY ALL ANYMORE. THEY WERE STUPID TO PAY ME AND NOW I CAN COAST THE REST OF THE WAY UNTIL MY NEXT DEAL COMES UP. THAT ATTITUDE IS A BAD ONE AND ITS UNFORTUNATE THAT JOE WILL NOT TRY HARD ANYMORE. AT LEAST WE STILL HAVE JAMAL CRAWFORD SO IF JOE LEAVES THE TEAM AND GOES TO ANOTHER CLUB, WE HAVE A PREMIUM SCORER IN JAMAL WHO CAN REPLACE JOE AND PROBABLY CARRY A HIGHER AVERAGE THAN JOE ONCE JAMAL BECOMES A FULL-TIME STARTER.

Navigator

March 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

I laugh every time someone writes an article about Joe Johnson. Unwanted by his previous team for uneven effort and results, the Hawks couldn’t wait to give him a Michael Jordan type contract. The owners deserve what they got, and the fans will diminish the longer this team plays.

hawksfancents95

March 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

Please trade joe and marv after we get swept 1st round, don’t resign jamal, keep josh and al for our 3 and 4, get roy hibbert or schmayb even greg oden, I’m sick of being the smallest team on the court every night, as for our shooting woes how bout we go to the rim and finish like we play in the nba, how is it that 85% of the people on here have ideas to help the hawks and the ownership/front office/l.d can’t fix our b.s
Go hawks!

Man Man

March 11th, 2011
12:37 pm

Joe Johnson is garbage.Just deal wit it.We stuck for 6 years wit no money for other top free agents

yessir

March 11th, 2011
12:43 pm

Why dont people believe that Woody is what kept this team aflaot??? Fire LD, I said it from day one. Clyde wanted to fire Woody, where are the fire LD billboards????????? Woody was way better than this sh-t.

SalimStoudemire

March 11th, 2011
12:49 pm

The Hawks gave away Jordan Crawford, Mo Evans and Mike Bibby, 3 guys who can easily score 60 points a night. Jordan Crawford has emerged into a superstar since he was traded away by the Hawks and most fans believe Crawford will win the league MVP award next year. What a great move by the Hawks just to get Captain Kirk who can barely play the game. It was a dumb trade and the Hawks gave up way too much and ruined their team. Since the Hinrich trade, the Hawks have been the second worst team in the league behind the Cleveland Caviliers.

yessir

March 11th, 2011
12:51 pm

From NBA.com”Only the Cavs and Raptors have regressed more offensively from last season than the Hawks”. Give Woody his credit for at least doing something with these losers.

vava74

March 11th, 2011
12:51 pm

Most of you are a just a bunch of whining b*tches who just spew garbage.

It’s obvious that JJ is playing sub par right now, but to say he is simply sitting on his contract is idiotic:

1. During the pre-season JJ lead the whole roster in the timed mile run. He is the most fit player in the team. If was sitting on his money he would not have come as fit and prepared as he did;

2. JJ had elbow surgery and, first was playing hurt, then he was playing whilst recovering – coming back EARLY – and now he is probably trying to regain his shot’s form and mechanics after so many months doing it “unnaturally” to compensate for pain and lack of movement.

Also, he was not the one who signed the contract by the Hawks franchise, so stop complaining as if he was stealing money from the Hawks.

There were several franchises lining up to pay him 100 million for 5 years, the Hawks had to top that offer or lose him and being without cap room to even sign JJ Redick.

If you want to discuss if he is able or not to take us further or if he is or not the type of guy to be the top dog, fine, but to accuse him of not being professional is stupid and unfair.

As for the complaints that he does not share the ball, look at the stats and check who leads the team in assists. He may stop the flow many too many times but check as well the number of FGA and you will see that he is not a black-hole.

Get a grip, stop whining and get your butts to Phillips Arena instead of leaving the Hawks playing in either a mortuary or with an hostile pro-NYK or LAL crowd.

steven a smith

March 11th, 2011
12:55 pm

HAWKS FANS SHOULD BOYCOTT GAMES UNTIL THERE IS A REAL NBA ROSTER IN PLACE.

Rate Al Horford against other Pf in this league. How does he fair in head to head
competeition. I’l tell you. He dosen”t. Joe Johnson..an allstar. Wish Dominique
played now, i’d even take John Drew, Pistol Pete, Kenny Norman. Joe Johnson has no
courage, heart, or leadership skills.

Man Man

March 11th, 2011
12:56 pm

Maybe they shouldve traded teague instead of bibby and maybe more offense couldve been provided

StewartJackson

March 11th, 2011
1:02 pm

The trade would have been perfect had the three players been Teague, Marvin Williams and Bibby. We should have kept Mo Evans and Jordan Crawford. Marvin Williams will never amount to anything I could have lived with that. But Jordan Crawford is a budding superstar who can shoot the 3-pointer and is athletic enough to drive to the basket and score. Crawford plays the way Marvin should be playing. We gave up much and accomplished nothing and made our team dramatically worse. With Mo Evans and Jordan Crawford, those are two guys who can spell instant relief and provide instant offense anytime you need it. Now we dont have that dimension and element to our team anymore. If we need instant offense we can no longer get it. Its a shame but that Hinrich trade will be remembered for the beginning of the dismantling of the Hawks as we know it today.

Tremaine

March 11th, 2011
1:09 pm

Probably can’t get no lift on his jumpshot because his pockets are to heavy.

Tremaine

March 11th, 2011
1:10 pm

Man Man

March 11th, 2011
12:56 pm
Maybe they shouldve traded teague instead of bibby and maybe more offense couldve been provided

Yeah cause Mike Bibby did provide offense. For the other team. “LET TEAGUE START!”

Man Man

March 11th, 2011
1:13 pm

Tremaine

Yeah cause Mike Bibby did provide offense. For the other team. “LET TEAGUE START!”

If you don’t go on wit that ish.Teague barely scores and turns the ball over ever time he get in the game.Larry Drew knows what hes doing with teague.He sucksssssss

Tremaine

March 11th, 2011
1:21 pm

Man Man

Thanks for proving you don’t know what you are talking about. Larry Drew has no idea what he is doing. That why this team is a lot worse than it was last year.

phil

March 11th, 2011
1:22 pm

vava…I wouldn’t go near Phillips, and haven’t since it opened, because of the likes of JJ. No thanks…can’t stand no defense playing whiners like him…give me the larry bird’s of the world, the michael jordan’s, the guys who went out and kicked your teeth in and didn’t offer excuses for failure…

Samuel

March 11th, 2011
1:27 pm

I told you so.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 11th, 2011
1:33 pm

Stay on The Bus!

vava74 – Co-Sign! Yeah man, we got a few kids who for some reason are not in school, where learning is fundamental. IDK why some parents allow their kids to surf the internet as much as they do?

I’ve grown to just ignore them and step on the gas with my scroll key.
I don’t even engage them and the ole’ trolle anymore, ’bout every 6 months or so, I will blast them like you just did, just to get it off my nerves. Especially, the ranters and chanters who just sit there and type in CAPS and repeat themselves to ad nauseum with the same damn words over and over and over.

There’s even a few grown azz men who today can’t let go what they perceive Joe said, which is also their little minded lies too!
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So, a big shout-out to vava74 for the push-back!
Aye Kids! Stay on The Bus!

Tremaine

March 11th, 2011
1:37 pm

Next time the hawks lose at home fans just need to throw dollar bills on the basketball court. Thats all the owners and Joe Johnson care about anyway.

terrell

March 11th, 2011
1:38 pm

So LD is still encouraging jumpshots. Wow! Need to be tellin JJ to take it to the freakin hole. And can we get the GOOD Josh, Joe, and Jamal tonight please??? We beat Chicago without Smoove, so we better beat Chicago with him. If we dont, the Smith haters will be out in full force. And I might be one of em, if he starts off shooting jumpers.

Puzzled

March 11th, 2011
1:38 pm

A team full with Ray Allens and Reggie Millers. When the step out to defend the Hawks Pprolific jump shooters, the inside stuff will be like taking candy from a baby!

Let’s go Hawks!!!!

doc

March 11th, 2011
1:51 pm

maybe mark price did ok after all as a shooting coach consultant.

Samuel

March 11th, 2011
1:54 pm

maybe Woody did ok as a head coach.

The Game Has Changed

March 11th, 2011
1:55 pm

How long are you guys gonna dog my Hawks. Just find a new team to put down and move on. We may not be the best team but we are surely not the worst. And for you guys who are dogging Coach Drew should now realize we should have kept Woodson. How can you want a coach gone after he improved every year in wins. We may have lost badly in the second round but it was the second round. We are going through the same thing the Jazz went through in the 90’s.

rusty

March 11th, 2011
1:55 pm

JJ I’ve always thought was a very inconsistent jump shooter. It always seemed when he was looking for shots & forcing his jumpshot went somewhere else. I always thought his shooting was so much better when he shot in rhyrthm. I always hated to see him try to take over the game in the 4 th as our offense would go down the tubes. I hate how he over dribbles the ball until he is alway doubled & trippled teamed always leading into bad shots for him & his team mates. People often talk about his assists, he really is not a good passer giving us easy shots but getting assists as our players make last seconds jumpshots. This is not a great passer if any thing he retards good ball movement. He is also very selfish . His defense is highly over rated.it is so funny when he is guarding against a fast break he always turns away & makes no effort at all. The ball always runs through him & not a pg hence mb.

The Game Has Changed

March 11th, 2011
1:58 pm

@Phil- Go back to where you are from. We dont need you. We are doing fine without you. You can hate Joe all you want. There are 72 listed shooting guards in the league. Joe ranks in the top 7 hands down. Kobe and Joe are the only shooting guards to avg 20,5,5 the last five years. Now take that to the bank.

nique

March 11th, 2011
2:00 pm

JJ, how about driving to the rim – you’re 6′8, and have a great inside shooting touch and great handles!

kevkat

March 11th, 2011
2:01 pm

Steven a ,how can you rate Al Horford against other PF ’s in the league when he doesn’t even play the position full time? I can honestly say the man is holding his own considering the position he’s been forced to play.

drmaryb (*_-)

March 11th, 2011
2:05 pm

This and That!
-rotoworld fantasy blog-
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Gortat has enormous double-double off bench

Marcin Gortat stayed hot Thursday, posting a huge line of 14 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks.

The only thing he didn’t do was drain a 3-pointer. He is dynamite right now, averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds, a steal, and two blocks per game over the last three weeks. He is playing starters minutes off the bench and needs to be in every possible lineup for now. _
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Mar 11, 1:24 AM

Lawson posts huge line, looks locked in


Ty Lawson dominated Steve Nash and the Suns on Thursday, posting a monster line with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 11 assists, two 3-pointers, four rebounds and four steals.

He needs to be owned in all leagues and looks like a must-start at this time. With usual starter Arron Afflalo out, Lawson and Raymond Felton shared the court most of the game. Felton only managed five points and six assists, and right now the Nuggets look like they are Lawson’s team.

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Mar 11, 1:13 AM

Amare’s big night marred by suspension news


Amare Stoudemire had yet another monster game Thursday, scoring 36 points on 12-of-27 shooting, adding seven rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal.

He is absolutely rolling on a nightly basis, but will likely miss Sunday’s game after picking up his 16th technical foul after a skirmish with Brendan Haywood on Thursday night. Maybe the tech will be rescinded, but that’s not likely at this point. The Knicks could need a big game out of a guy like Shelden Williams with Amare in street clothes.

Samuel

March 11th, 2011
2:21 pm

I see a lot of you are comming out of the “WoodWork: saying we should have kept Woody. Where were you when he needed you and these vultures were circling the wagon last year. It’s a little late right now, you’re stuck with “UNCLE LARRY” as Stro calls him. I call him “UNCLE” TOO but for other reasons.

Doc Reem

March 11th, 2011
2:32 pm

It’s so sad this organization still has no clue on how to build a high caliber team. They are a hopeless bunch of idiots in the front office. They still have no clue.

Rufus1

March 11th, 2011
2:32 pm

Woody should have been fired!!!!

LD may simply be the wrong HIRE!!!

yessir

March 11th, 2011
2:33 pm

Rufus you should be fired!!! Rufus you suck

JM

March 11th, 2011
2:36 pm

Vava74 – Thank you.

Go Hawks!