Warriors and Morrow Needed that Shot

Warriors and Morrow Needed that Shot

Jan. 9, 2010

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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.

Giants lineup: Panik leading off in series opener vs Cubs

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Giants lineup: Panik leading off in series opener vs Cubs

Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon issued their lineups for today's series opener in Chicago:

Giants (19-26)
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
7. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
9. Ty Blach (R) P (1-2, 4.15 ERA)

Cubs (22-20) 
1. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
2. Albert Almora Jr. (R) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Willson Contreras (R) C
6. Addison Russell (R) SS
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Javier Baez (R) 2B
9. John Lackey (R) P (4-3, 4.37 ERA)

Entering the NBA Finals 12-0 'would be irrelevant' to the Warriors

Entering the NBA Finals 12-0 'would be irrelevant' to the Warriors

SAN ANTONIO -- The Specter of 73 haunts the Warrior still and you can feel it in their dismissive, yes-but responses to being on the brink of yet another entry into the NBA record book.

Though they do not believe their pursuit and achievement last season of an NBA-record 73 wins sabotaged their chances for a championship, it is evident the Warriors came away with diminished appreciation of gaudy numbers.

They can add to their list of shiny accomplishments Monday night. A victory over the Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals would make the Warriors the first team ever to open the playoffs with three four-game sweeps and a 12-0 record.

“My wife asked me this morning: What if you guys win and you’re 12-0?” general manager Bob Myers told NBCBayAreaSports.com Monday afternoon. “Well, for me, the record thing kind of got screwed up last year.”

Yes, the record thing. The Warriors chased 73 and got 73 and yet they’ll be known just as much, if not more, as the first team to blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

“It’s all about 16,” Stephen Curry told NBCSportsBayArea.com.

Getting to 16 wins in the postseason means getting to the top. Winning it all. The very thing the Warriors did not accomplish a year ago.

They are one win away from being three-quarters of the way there.

“Going 12-0 sounds great,” Curry said. “But it probably would have happened if the Lakers would have played a seven-game series to start the run through the playoffs.”

The Lakers twice swept their first three postseason series -- in 1989 and 2001 -- but in both instances the first round was best-of-five. Both streaks ended at 11 in a row.

The Warriors seem to view numbers as decoration, ancillary components to the primary. They may have felt that way all along, but going through what they did last season, losing The Finals to the Cavaliers, provided an acute sense of context.

“It’s unfortunate that we put so much into the last game of the season, or winning the whole thing because there are a lot of things that we, as an organization, should be proud of no matter what happens,” Myers said. “But it’s hard, knowing where were last year, to see that regular-season record and then not win the championship. It’s a mixed feeling.

“So when you talk about records and numbers and things like that, and you know what it’s like to win a championship and you know what it’s like to lose, it’s hard to put them in proper perspective.”

The Warriors have made it clear they are less than impressed with their average victory margin of 16.5 points through the first 11 games in these playoffs. The record is 14.5, set by the Bucks in 1971.

They’re not buying into the hype generated by leading all playoff teams in points per game (117.4) and field-goal percentage (49.7) and field-goal percentage defense (41.6).

Numbers. Just numbers. Like, for example, 73.

“To know that we have a great regular-season record and a tiny little banner in our practice facility, “ Myers said, “it doesn’t feel like it should.

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say it doesn’t mean anything. But it’s hard to really understand what it means right now. And knowing that we’ve been in the midst of all these numbers and records and road-win records and things like that, you get lost in it in good and bad ways. It’s fantastic, but also what does it mean? Because what we’re really trying to do is win a championship.”

Which, of course, comes back to numbers.

“You can learn lessons in winning and you can learn lessons in losing,” Curry said. “It’s just a matter of how you respond from game to game. But 12-0 would be irrelevant come next series.”