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Lionel Hollins wants Bojan Bogdanovic to toughen up, attack the rim


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Bojan Bogdanovic, the Croatian rookie averaging 9.9 points a game for the Nets (third best among rookies), relies on his jumper — more than half his shots this season are three pointers compared to only 23 percent at the rim. He’s a stretch four.

One who is not hitting his shots. He is 0-for-13 in his last two games, 0-for-6 from three.

Slumps happen (and Bogdanovic was prone to them in his European play). His coach in Brooklyn is old-school and Lionel Hollins has an old-school and correct approach to fixing this — attack the rim and draw some fouls. Here is what Hollins said about his rookie, via

“He’s in a slump,” Hollins told reporters. “He isn’t making shots, and he doesn’t get to the free throw line, he doesn’t get to the basket, so he’s counting on long shots. And when you miss them, you go 0-fer…

“All I know is you gotta get to the free throw line, you gotta be tougher and you can’t just stand out there and count on making shots all the time,” Hollins said. “Because sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t. The guys who still score are the ones that drive and attack the basket and get to the free throw line.”

He’s not wrong, but that’s not Bogdanovic’s game. He’s going to shoot his way out of this slump from distance.

Bogdanovic is part of a general Nets slump. The team has dropped six of their last seven, the only win coming against what’s left of the Oklahoma City roster.