Jameer Nelson shot 1-of-8 from the floor for three points in the Orlando Magic's victory against the New York Knicks on Friday, continuing a recent trend of poor shooting and scoring performances. In his last eight appearances, Nelson is averaging 6.4 points per game on 31.1 percent shooting from the floor.
Moreover, Nelson has scored in single digits in each of those eight games, the second-longest such streak of his career, and the longest such streak since he became a full-time starter in the 2006/07 season.
Neither the Magic's lead guard nor his head coach seem concerned about this development.
"I think he's been doing different things for us," Jacque Vaughn said, noting that Nelson has tallied two games of double-digit assists in that same poor-shooting stretch. "[There are] patches of the season sometimes [in which] you just don't make shots," he said.
When asked directly about his slump, Nelson's words demonstrated his conviction in his abilities.
"I'm not concerned about my stats right now," he said. "My focus is winning. Whatever I have to do to win, to help my team win, I'll do. My shooting, it will come back around. I take enough shots and I work hard enough in the summertime to not have confidence in my shooting.
"It'll come back around and I'm not concerned about it at all."
If Nelson returns to form, Orlando figures to be a stronger team: it's gone 5-3 in its last eight games despite Nelson's single-digit streak.