Indiana Pacers winger Chris Duarte breaks out of slump against Memphis Grizzlies: ‘I needed it’

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Duarte entered the worst slump of his career on Saturday night. The young winger had 14 points in a win in Boston on December 21, but in the following 11 games Duarte averaged 3.2 points per game on 18.3% shots from the field. He couldn’t do anything.

The 2021 lottery pick threw off its first shot in a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 27. He didn’t make another attempt until his second try against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 6 — a total of Duarte missed 21 shots in a row.