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Meyers Leonard talks about how he's worked through his slump

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29: Meyers Leonard #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers arrives at the arena before a game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29: Meyers Leonard #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers arrives at the arena before a game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Portland Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard isn't having the type of season many expected before the year began. He isn't knocking down threes and his overall efficiency is way down from where it was a year ago.

A shoulder injury stagnated his progress, but over the past few games Leonard has returned to form. Here's what he told SB Nation's Blazer's Edge about how he made the improvement:

"I watch [game film] myself. Then I watch with an assistant. They'll pull clips, 'You could have had a better angle on that closeout,' or 'You could have bent your knees a little quicker for that three. You were a little off-balance. You could have had better help at the rim,' or 'Great help, good box out, good rebound, then you're out in transition.' So there's a lot of things that I look at, whether it be something the coach is trying to point out, something that I see when I just watch my minutes on the plane. I always watch my minutes on the plane as I'm coming back home from an away game."

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Leonard is shooting 52.9 percent from behind the three-point line in his last three games, and the volume is high.

It's an extremely hopeful sign for a player that's critical to Portland's short and long-term success.