John Beilein not worried about Tim Hardaway Jr.'s sluggish shot, but does say he can improve in some areas
ANN ARBOR -- After starting out on fire this season, Tim Hardaway Jr. has dipped into his first mini-funk of the season.
The Michigan junior guard went 3 of 13 from the floor Tuesday (2 of 9 from 3-point range) during a 67-39 win over Binghamton, leaving him at a paltry 20 of 60 from the field over his last three games.
Hardaway struggled with a shooting slump for most of last season, and right now, Michigan coach John Beilein says he isn't worried about a repeat of that.
"Last year when he went through a funk, I could tell when it went out of his hand, it wasn't going in," Beilein said. "Every one of those today I thought was going in."
Beilein says Hardaway's overall confidence and his improved ability to play through mistakes has allowed him to stay more positive this season.
And that will certainly be tested a bit now, as Hardaway's shooting numbers continue to dip after shooting better than 60 percent through the Wolverines first six games of the year. At this point, Hardaway's hitting at 47 percent from the floor, 33 percent from downtown.
Last season, Hardaway fell into a slump in January and never seemed to fully recover -- finishing the year at 41.7 percent from the floor, and 28.3 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
Though Beilein says he's not overly concerned with Hardaway's shot confidence, he did admit Tuesday that there are some parts of his offensive game that he needs to improve upon -- things he noticed Tuesday vs. the Bearcats.
"There are some things," Beilein said. "He had a sloppy turnover coming out of both halves, the last game here and this game, too. Maybe more worried about the shot instead of just playing through it."
"But Tim's so intense, that's always going to be something he's going to have to work on."
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