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Clippers want Lamar Odom to shoot more

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Clippers want Lamar Odom to shoot more

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The Clippers know Lamar Odom isn’t shooting the basketball well, but the team still wants him to take his shots. They want Odom to be more aggressive on the offensive end. They especially want Odom to look for his shot more than he has. Before the Clippers played the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the Rose Garden, Odom had taken a total of 200 shots, the ninth-highest on the team.

 

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Clippers know Lamar Odom isn’t shooting the basketball well, but the team still wants him to take his shots.

They want Odom to be more aggressive on the offensive end. They especially want Odom to look for his shot more than he has.

Before the Clippers played the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the Rose Garden, Odom had taken a total of 200 shots, the ninth-highest on the team.

He’s making just 37% of his shots, 12.2% (six for 49) of his three-point shots.

But that doesn’t mean the Clippers don’t want Odom to shoot the basketball.

“I don’t want to rattle the boat,” Odom said after taking some extra shots at Saturday’s shoot-around. “Everything is good. There will be a time when it’s time for me to excel offensively and to pick up some of the slack. I’m working my way into it.”

Odom is averaging 19.9 minutes per game, more than enough time to get up enough shots.

In fact, the Clippers run some offensive sets through Odom, which allows him the freedom to get some shots.

“When he’s open and has good shots, I want him to shoot them,” Coach Vinny Del Negro said. “I don’t care what his percentages are. I want his confidence up. I want him attacking the rim.

“He’s been rebounding the ball well for us. He had four assists the other night. We know he knows how to play, but yeah, he needs to make some shots and he needs to be aggressive when he’s open to make the defense react to him more.”

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