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Everyone knows who Jordan Adams is: a flat-out baller and one of the best all-floors wing players in college basketball.
But slumps happen to the best players, and over UCLA's last four games, Adams has hit a dead spot. It is most unusual to watch him on the floor and be able to see, clearly, that he is moving out of rhythm with the game.
His footwork has been strange and awkward. He has gotten out of control in the open floor—committing far more fouls than he does normally—and misfiring again and again with the jump shot.
It started against Arizona when he shot 4-of-15 from the floor and 1-of-6 from deep and went 3-of-6 at the free-throw line—where he normally shoots far better than 80 percent. Adams fouled out of that game, having scored 12 points, more than six below his season average.
Over the next three, he shot 12-of-36 from the floor and 3-of-12 from deep, netting 15, 14 and 11 points. His free-throw shooting improved to 13-of-15, but in the loss to Utah he did not get to the line a single time, only the second time this season that has happened.
A slumping player should find a way to get to the line more, not less, but it gets back to Adams being out of rhythm. In those three games he committed four fouls twice—he averages two fouls per game for the season.
Adams is in a slump, and his only concern right now is to break out of it. How does he do that? By getting back to being Jordan Adams: stealing the ball, driving the ball, shooting the ball, passing the ball and running around with the unalloyed joy of the basketball freak playing the game he loves.