Wright trying to fight through shooting slump

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Wright trying to fight through shooting slump

OAKLAND Warriors small forward Dorell Wright finds himselfhaving that classic basketball players problem.Hes in a shooting slump and needs playing time to come outof it. But because hes in a shooting slump, hes not getting much playingtime.So what to do?
With the type of style I play, being a rhythm shooter,being a spot-up shooter, Ive got to make the most of my opportunities, Wrightsaid after Thursdays practice. Which is crazy to say now after the season Ihad last year. But it is what it is and Ive got to do whatever Ive got todo.The thing Wright needs to do most of all is to start makingshots. He had a breakout season in 2010-11, knocking down 194 3-point shots more than he had made in his entire career up to that point.He averaged 16.4 points per game in Keith Smarts uptempooffense. But under coach Mark Jackson, the team isnt running as much andWright isnt getting the shots he once did. Let alone the playingtime.Wright shot 37.6 percent from beyond the arc last season,but this season hes down to 34.5 percent. His overall field goal percentagehas gone from 42.3 percent last year to 39.7 percent this year.Not surprisingly his minutes and attempts are way down thisyear.Everything is not going to fall, Wright said. Only thingI can do is continue to work on my shot when we have time off and before thegame. I shoot a lot of jumpers. Its not like I dont shoot.Last year it was a little easier to hide because I wasgetting a lot more shots. I was shooting a lot more 3s. When youre notshooting as many times, you can really notice it. Now, its like Ive got tomake this shot to stay out here.Wrights playing time has taken a hit this season, butJackson didnt buy into the theory that Wright has a shorter leash than anyoneelse on the team.When youre a team thats underachieving, everybody shouldbe on a (short) rope, Jackson said. And understand that its not going tocontinue the way it is.Wright is currently in the middle of a nine-game shootingslump. Hes made just 17-of-64 shots from the field over that time (26.5percent) and is only 10-of-40 from 3-point range during that span.After Wednesdays loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Wright wasshort with reporters and obviously frustrated by his season-low 10 minutes inthe game. He made it clear Jackson wasnt the subject of hisdisappointment.STEINMETZ: Frustration beginning to show with Warriors
I was (mad) because I felt good and I was ready to play andit didnt go the way I wanted it to go, Wright said. Im never going to bemad at anybody. Its about me. Its a team sport and Ive got to do my job.

After visiting sick grandfather, Thompson will start vs Thunder

After visiting sick grandfather, Thompson will start vs Thunder

OAKLAND -- Arriving at Oakland International Airport roughly two hours before tipoff Wednesday night, Klay Thompson hustled over to Oracle Arena and will be in the starting lineup for the Warriors against the Oklahoma City.

Thompson missed the team’s morning shootaround because he was visiting his gravely ill maternal grandfather in Portland, source told CSNBayArea.com.

Initially listed as missing the game, Thompson reached out to Warriors general manager Bob Myers late Wednesday morning and indicated he might make it back to Oakland in time for the game.

Thompson is the team’s third leading scorer, averaging 21.4 points per game.

His availability is particularly significant, as he’ll be the primary defender on Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who is averaging triple-double numbers this season.

Stojakovic won't be surprised if Curry, Klay finish Top 2 in career 3s

Stojakovic won't be surprised if Curry, Klay finish Top 2 in career 3s

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA game is changing. League records are in jeopardy all over the place, but it’s hard to imagine a bigger statistical shift than that of the 3-point shot. Instituted to start the 1979-80 season, the 3-pointer isn’t just a gimmick, as first thought. It’s the lifeblood of a league that is growing at an incredible pace.

The ability to make the long distance shot used to be a rarity, now it is a prerequisite to enter the league. Even centers like DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol are letting it fly as the game shifts to the perimeter.

The leaderboard is being rewritten and it’s will likely continue to change as more and more players are lining up from behind the arc.

Sacramento Kings executive Peja Stojakovic knows this fact all too well. Out of the league just six years, the Serbian-born sharpshooter has seen his place in the standings diminished almost every season.

“Every decade, every 10-15 years, there is some new, great player that comes in that take the game to a different place we haven’t seen before,” Stojakovic told CSN California earlier this week. “That’s what’s so special about this game.”

When he retired following the 2010-11 season, Stojakovic ranked fourth all-time in made 3-point shots with 1760, trailing only Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Kidd.

Since leaving the game, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Kyle Korver, Joe Johnson, Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant and Rashard Lewis have all passed him, leaving Stojakovic in 13th place on the list, but only for another game or two.

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry is hot on Stojakovic’ tail, trailing the 3-time All-Star by just 11 makes coming into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Be it Wednesday or sometime late in the week, Curry will almost assuredly surpass the former Kings star.

“Records are meant to be broken,” Stojakovic said. “Steph is definitely a guy, that if he continues to shoot - him and Klay (Thompson), if they continue to stay on the same pace, they can climb all the way to one and two.”

Curry, 28, has led the league four straight seasons in makes, setting new standards multiple times. His 402 triples last season is an NBA record and he holds three of the top four spots all-time for 3-balls in a single season.

Thompson is right behind Curry in most seasons. His 276 makes during 2015-16 is the third most in a single season and he is on pace to hit over 250 shots from deep this year. Through five-plus seasons in the league, Thompson has hit 1182 3-pointers and at age 26, he has plenty more left in him.  

“Our league in general has shifted,” Stojakovic said. “It’s more of a guard’s league and the pace is different. A lot of teams are shooting a lot of threes and Golden State - it suits them pretty well with the personnel they have.”

Both Curry and Thompson are a long way from tracking down Allen’s top spot of 2973, although Curry can get there quickly if he continues to drop in 400-plus bombs a season.

Injuries could play a role in where each of these players end up career-wise, but they are well on their way to shattering the record books.

“They are young enough and the way the league is going, I think if they stay healthy, they can really climb up there all the way to the top,” Stojakovic said.