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Del Negro to Bledsoe: Shoot the Ball

Looks like Baron is a good influence on Bledsoe. Clippers rookie Eric Bledsoe was struggling. He scored 10 PPG in his first full month in the NBA, but saw a significant drop off in December and January. That's why coach Vinnie Del Negro sent him a message: shoot it. "For me, I was just passing up open shots that I wasn't taking," Bledsoe told HOOPSWORLD. "Coach was getting on me. Instead of taking them, I was trying to pass them. I just need to take the easy and open shots." The Clippers were without point guard Baron Davis for much of the early portion of the season, which is what allowed Bledsoe to get off to such an impressive start. However, as Davis returned and Eric Gordon went down with an injury, the needs for the Clippers shifted. Los Angeles had their distributor back, but they needed someone who could hit open shots. "Yeah, I had to change it a little bit, especially with [starting guard] Eric Gordon going out," Bledsoe continued. "We just got to get all the easy shots we can." Bledsoe is particularly proud to be playing alongside Davis, who he watched with the Hornets when he was growing up in Alabama. "He was an All-Star, so I watched him play," said Bledsoe, who played with John Wall at Kentucky. "I just treat him like playing with John. He plays unselfishly just like John, he's always looking for the open man to pass to. I just got to try and knock shots down and get to the open spots. When I'm out there, I just try to feed off of him." Bledsoe did that on Wednesday, taking 13 field goal attempts in a win over the Knicks. He finished with 16 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds. Read more NBA news and insight: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=18736#ixzz1DbhpUznV

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