Jamal Crawford isn't making shots at his usual clip, but considering his history, chances are the Hawks guard will snap out of it and start filling up nets again soon.

Just don't use a certain word to describe what's going on.

"I don't like the word 'slump,'" Crawford said. "They are going to go in. I just have to continue to shoot them."

That's the approach favored by many scorers with Crawford's ability. By whatever name it's called, the bottom line is Crawford lately has struggled to put the ball in the basket.

Crawford has shot better than 50 percent from the field in one of his past eight games, when he made eight of 15 field-goal attempts and scored 19 points at Miami. In the other seven games Crawford made 25 of 76 shots (32.9 percent) while averaging 12.3 points.

Both Crawford and coach Larry Drew said Crawford isn't forcing shots.

"He has had some really good looks, he really has," Drew said. "It comes and goes with shooters. Some nights they knock them all down; some nights they can't put it in the ocean."

The Hawks' fortunes seem to rely heavily on which way Crawford is going. They were 3-4 in his seven recent poor shooting games, which continued a season-long trend. The Hawks are 12-3 when Crawford scores at least 15 points and 18-15 when he doesn't, including recent losses to New Orleans and Dallas.

Crawford has averaged 17.6 points in the Hawks' 30 victories and 13.1 in their 18 defeats. That's the largest spread on the team by far and among the top differentials in the NBA.