Open shots were seldom plentiful for the Charlotte Bobcats last season. Their numerous 24-second violations demonstrated that painfully.

So when a good shot is there take it – doesn’t matter if you make it particularly in the preseason. That was the message the coaching staff sent small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist after the team’s first exhibition Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Kidd-Gilchrist shot 1-of-6 from the field in an 87-85 loss. Hawks small forward Kyle Korver – never confused for a shut-down defender – blocked two of Kidd-Gilchrist’s attempts. The coaches can live with his five misses. It was the two open jumpers he passed up that needed correcting.

“He actually turned down a couple of shots that I think he should make” coach Steve Clifford said after practice Thursday.

It’s no secret Kidd-Gilchrist has a mechanically flawed jump shot. Assistant coach Mark Price one of the best shooters in NBA history worked with him all summer on footwork and delivery. But when the Hawks left him open on the baseline doubling down on new center Al Jefferson in the post Kidd-Gilchrist hesitated then passed.

“I turned down a couple of shots last game that I should have shot. I’m working off Al Jefferson in the post and my point guard also. That’s it really” Kidd-Gilchrist described.