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How Do You Get Out Of A Slump?

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm •  Published: January 21, 2011
Thunder forward Jeff Green is averaging just 11.4 points on 39 percent shooting in January.
Thunder forward Jeff Green is averaging just 11.4 points on 39 percent shooting in January.

Just about every Thunder player has experienced some form of a slump this season.

Some of their slumps were snapped after a few games. Some have lingered for weeks.

But the key to being a good pro is finding a way to work your way out of a funk or, at the very least, contribute in other areas while mired in one. What have Thunder players historically done to snap a slump? That’s the focus of today’s question of the day.

How do you get out of a slump?

Focus less on your shots and more about how you can get yourself in position to make a better shot, like running your man off a screen harder or setting your man up harder if you’re a perimeter player. If you’re a big guy and can set a good screen or roll harder, then you’re going to find yourself more open and in a better situation. Simplifying what you’re thinking of helps. I’ve had stretches where I’ve played really bad at times and it does where on you sometimes. Sometimes it’s better to get away from it all. The worst thing you can do is beat yourself up when you’re away from the court thinking about negative thoughts.

The best way to work out of it is not to over think. Just continue to do whatever you do and shots will fall. I’ve been in shooting slumps before, and what I did to handle it was just get in the gym, get up extra shots and not over think. I’ve prayed, too (laughs). I know you’re supposed to pray all the time. But I’ve picked it up because of slumps.

Coming in and getting extra shots and pushing myself past the limit has always helped me get out of those slumps. Being confident and not getting down helps. It’s hard. I lose sleep over it. This is my life. I eat, sleep and breathe basketball. I just try to take my mind off of it by watching movies and playing video games. Not looking at Twitter and Facebook. Just shutting everything off and being myself and going back to being the kid I was when I was younger. Thinking about stuff like that helps me.

You got to continue to do what you were doing before the slump. You still got to stay consistent. I talk to my family after every game and they let me know what I need to do. Whether I’m playing good or not, they’re always telling me what I need to do or how I can get better.


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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