His poor play this season is weighing on Jared Dudley, causing the normally upbeat and gregarious Clippers small forward to take himself to task for his performances.
Dudley swore at himself during media interviews following yet another bad game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, even going so far as to say he would “bench” himself if he was the coach.
But Dudley wasn’t done ripping himself, taking to his Twitter feed @JaredDudley619 to apologize to Clippers fans and to take one last shot at himself.
“I have to apologize to all clipper fans by my play this season! I have been playing like s****. It’s been downright embarrassing!” Dudley tweeted.
Dudley has a sore right knee that has bothered him all season, limiting his playing time and what he normally could do on the court.
But Dudley refused to use that as an excuse for an 8.0 scoring average, which is below the 10.9 points he averaged last year in Phoenix.
He’s making just 42.1% of his shots, a drop from the 47.3% Dudley shot during his first six years in the NBA. He’s making just 31.8% of his three-pointers, a drop from the 40.5% he shot during his career.
“He’s missing shots, like wide-open shots,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “I know he can shoot. So in a way that doesn’t concern me. He hasn’t forgotten how to shoot. It’ll come at some point.”
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