Warriors and Morrow Needed that Shot

Warriors and Morrow Needed that Shot

Jan. 9, 2010

Big shot for Anthony Morrow, the fourth-quarter jumper he drained against Sacramento obviously. He would deny it if youd ask him, but then again you dont have to. Youdont have to ask Morrow if hes feeling some pressure about wanting in on the3-point shooting contest during All-Star Weekend.Hes been hesitant and appears to be pressing. There havebeen plenty of times in the past six or eight games when he has passed when heshould have shot. You get the feeling hes heard all the talk of needing to addto his game, and hes going too much out of his way to do it.Hes made it clear he really would like to be invited to the3-point competition. And he would seem to have a case. Last year he led theleague in 3-point field goal shooting, but this year about a half-dozen guyshave a higher percentage.Morrow should probably get it in. How good of a shooter is he? Hes so good of a shooter thatit feels like hes been struggling from 3-point range and yet hes stillshooting 43 percent from out there.----If Anthony Randolphs injury turns out to be as bad as it looked,thats really too bad. But there was some good news on Saturday when a CT scan revealed no fracture to the left ankle.The Warriors said they will further examine Randolph's ankle on Sunday to further diagnose the injury. Randolph was injured when he came down awkwardly in the Warriors' win over Sacramento on Friday.
Randolph is an interesting player with an interesting game, andthe Warriors are more interesting when hes playing.
They werent always better when he was playing, but theywere sometimes. Randolphs been progressing from the beginning of the year eventhough some believe hed be progressing more without Don Nelson.The one thing Randolph had been doing is putting up numberseven when he wasnt playing that well. And even though theres great debateamong fans about whether he should be playing more or not, everyone does seemto be rooting for the kid.
----Lost in the shuffle of last nights win: Stephen Currys3-pointer after the Warriors had fallen behind by seven with five minutesremaining, then assisting on a Corey Maggette bucket on the next possession tocut it to three.
-----All you guys out there complaining about Randolphnot getting enough playing time this year cannot now say the Warriors arereally going to miss Randolph.
Pretty much one or the other.-----
In the 10 possessions before Sergio Rodriguez cosmeticlayup with 6.4 seconds remaining, the Kings went: miss, miss, turnover,turnover, miss, miss, turnover, turnover, turnover, miss.-----The Warriors are expected to sign small forward Cartier Martin out of the D-League to a 10-day contract on Sunday. He should be in uniform for Monday's game against Cleveland.

Instant Analysis: Raiders overwhelmed, stunned by Washington in season's first loss


Instant Analysis: Raiders overwhelmed, stunned by Washington in season's first loss


LANDOVER, Md. – The first two Raiders games went according to plan. They established an early lead, played solid defense and cruised to victory. The offense proved a dynamic and defenders exceeded expectation.

That streak snapped on Sunday night, when nothing went right.

The Raiders fell off the rails early and never recovered, losing a 27-10 decision to Washington at FedEx Field.

They made an average Washington squad look like a juggernaut. A prolific Raiders offense wilted under Washington pressure. Their mighty offensive line had its worst day in a while and typically reliable quarterback Derek Carr was off target.

The Silver and Black had just 128 yards of total offense, and gave up explosive plays on defense. They were beat soundly on both lines, and were never able to dig out of a early rut.

The Raiders were uninspired in most instances, but Marquette King gave his team some life. He forced a muffed punt late in the third quarter that James Cower recovered. Carr found Jared Cook on a 21-yard touchdown that ended the shutout.

The defense didn’t allow a comeback to take shape, giving up a 74-yard reception to running back Chris Thompson – he had 188 yards of total offense – that set up a field goal that put the Raiders down three scores.

Cory James forced a fumble deep in Washington territory, but the Raiders only mustered a field goal

The Raiders laid an egg in the first half. They got manhandled on both sides of the ball, committed silly turnovers and gave Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins far too much time to work.

He picked the Raiders secondary apart on two touchdown drives that established a two-score halftime lead. Former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, seeing more time with Jordan Reed hurt, had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders have long struggled covering tight ends, and made the veteran look like his old self, when he was dominant as a 49er.

The whole team seemed flat early in this game. Marshawn Lynch struggled to get the ground game going, Carr threw too many to the other team and the Raiders fell in an early hole.

Carr’s rough start: Derek Carr’s first pass was an interception. It wasn’t the only one. The typically reliable Raiders quarterback was out of sync to start this nationally televised contest, and the offense sputtered as a result. He was sacked on consecutive plays, as the offensive line struggled to maintain a pocket.

Washington scored after both Carr interceptions, and he finished the first half with just 32 passing yards.

Marquette strikes again: Raiders punter Marquette King puts some English on his punts. They’re tough to catch when he does that.

He forced a muffed punt for the second time in as many games, Sunday night, which helped the Raiders get on the scoreboard. James Cower recovered the muffed punt, and Carr found Jared Cook a few plays later to score the team’s first touchdown.

Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments


Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments

Sacramento — Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé released the following statement.

“I have a deep respect for our nation’s unwavering commitment to free speech and support all Americans’ right to freely express themselves. The President's recent comments are deeply disappointing, because our focus should be on fostering a culture of sensitivity and inclusion. Our mission at the Sacramento Kings has always been to unite our community and use our platform to create positive change, so we continue to stand with our players, and all people, who use their platform to raise awareness and make Sacramento and our country proud.”

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