MIAMI -- Heat forward Shane Battier just started naming cliches.
Take more shots in practice. Concentrate more. Put your legs into it. Work harder. Keep your elbow in.
In his words, "all the stuff shooting experts tell you."
Battier is in the middle of yet another shooting slump. So what else is new?
"This is my third year on this team and it's all been streaks," Battier said. "When it's been on, it's been on. When it's been off, it's been off. That's unlike my previous 10 years in the league, but it is what it is. That actually offers me pretty good solace knowing that it will turn around."
Battier has made just 1-of-14 shots from the field the last three games. He's missed 13 straight 3-pointers during the span.
He refuses to worry because it's become somewhat of the norm for him. He struggles for a stretch only to regroup at the best of times. Last year Battier shot 23 percent through the first 13 games of the postseason but made 6 of 8 3-pointers in the Game 7 victory against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
In 2012, he battled inconsistency during the regular season before making 15 of 26 from the arc in the Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
So don't expect him to worry about any type of slump.
"I'll figure it out," Battier said. "I usually do. You just have to continue to work at it."
The slump won't affect how Heat coach Erik Spoelstra plays Battier. In fact, he said he expects Battier to play even more aggressive on the perimeter.
"My No. 1 major issue is, the next time he gets an open one, he's got to launch it," Spoelstra said.
"If it gets to the point where he's not, I'll force him to launch it. If it's contested, I don't care. You've got to let it go. As a shooter, you've got to have absolute, green, neon light. There will be inevitable ups and downs, but the confidence from us, his teammates, that can't waver and it doesn't waver."
Still, Battier said he wants to establish some consistency this season instead of waiting for the playoffs.
"That's my M.O. for the Heat now, is it's been extremely streaky, which is not the way I like to live," Battier said.
"I think I'm pretty consistent in all facets of my life. When it's been good, it's been very good. When it's been bad, it's been very bad. Hopefully, I can find some middle ground between those two extremes."
Hazing has become a hot topic in wake of the situation involving Miami Dolphins linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
Martin alleges Incognito bullied him as part of hazing that began his rookie season. The accusations include alleged racial slurs and threats.
Although the Heat say the extent of their hazing involves newcomers carrying bags to the team bus, it does exist in the NBA. Battier told a story of how he says rookie Gordan Giricek was hazed when he was with the Memphis Grizzlies.
"He didn't want to be a rookie, so our veterans promptly placed him in a laundry bin and threw him in the showers and threw ice on him, which is a little excessive," Battier said.
"I don't know the situation that went on with the Dolphins but it's an issue. If you ask any professional athlete, there's a culture of that to some extent in every locker room."
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