The shooting rhythm Bojan Bogdnavic had for weeks after the Wizards acquired him at the trade deadline has been missing in recent games. Bogdanovic finished the regular season shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three in his last five games. Then, on Sunday in Washington's Game 1 win against the Hawks, he shot just 2-for-8 from the field and missed his only three attempt.
Bogdanovic was brought in to add scoring to the Wizards' bench and that impact will likely be needed at some point this postseason. The veteran small forward says defenses have adjusted and now he just has to counter.
"They’re taking my shots away," he said. "I have to be aggressive. I had enough shots. I just have to knock them out.“
Bogdanovic went on a run from Feb. 26 through March 24 where he averaged 15.6 points on 48.1 percent from the field and 42 percent from three. He was getting wide open looks, especially from three as the Wizards spread the floor with multiple shooters. Now teams are watching him closely beyond the arc and anticipating his moves off screens.
Bogdanovic missed all three of his shots in the first half of Game 1, including an open hook shot from about five feet out. That's the one that stands out most to Bogdanovic and it was part of a second quarter where the Wizards scored just 20 points and shot only 30.4 percent.
“I just have to stay aggressive on both sides of the floor. (Sunday) night I missed a couple of really easy buckets, especially the first one after the offensive rebound," he said.
John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris led the way in Game 1, but the playoffs have shown over the years that secondary scoring can go a long way for teams that make deep playoff runs. Bogdanovic is the Wizards' best scorer off the bench and could play a big role in some of these games.
"I need a couple buckets to effect the game in the right way," he said.