Dane finds his 3-point stroke

Sinking three 3-pointers in a game is no big deal for Tennessee's Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith. They do it all the time. But it was a huge deal for one of their Volunteer teammates last Saturday vs. ETSU.

Senior forward Dane Bradshaw was all smiles after nailing three of four 3-point attempts against the Bucs. That's mostly because he entered the game 6 of 27 from beyond the arc (22.2 percent) and 0 for his previous 10. In fact, he hadn't made a trey since going 2-for-3 against Murray State on Dec. 1.

Of course, Bradshaw has been troubled by tendinitis in his shoulders, with the pain being particularly intense in his right (shooting) shoulder. Still, he refuses to blame tendinitis for his lengthy 3-point drought.

"It was nice to get some shooting rhythm going without the shoulder bothering me as much," he says, quickly adding: "But I'm not using the shoulder as an excuse for the missed shots because I've missed plenty when I was injury free."

Regardless, he is greatly relieved to see that 0-for-10 slump come to a screeching halt.

"When you're on such a cold streak like that, a lot of times it can get mental," he notes. "Once you knock a few down like that, hopefully, I can continue to do that."

Head coach Bruce Pearl has been saying since his arrival at UT 22 months ago that Bradshaw is a capable outside shooter when healthy. Between a wrist injury last year and the shoulder problems this season, however, Bradshaw hasn't been healthy enough to showcase his range very often.

"Dane's shoulder is feeling better, and it was good to see him shooting the ball from 3 better," Pearl says. "But there were some other aspects to his game that weren't as solid."

The Vol coach said previously that Bradshaw might get an occasional cortisone injection to help relieve the discomfort in his shoulders. So far, the Vol senior has not pursued that option.

Bradshaw says his rehab at present consists of "a lot of treatment and stuff like that," adding: "I think treatment and rest is the main thing. We've looked into it (cortisone shot) but right now it's just treatment and rest."


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