Wright trying to fight through shooting slump


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.

Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Steve Kerr continues to re-write the record books.

The Warriors' 113-106 victory in Houston on Tuesday was Kerr's 200th win of his brief coaching career.

The milestone victory comes in just his 238th game as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to 200 career wins.

Hall of Fame Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson held the previous record at 200 wins in 270 games.

In Kerr's three seasons as the coach of the Warriors, the team has won at least 60 games each year. Before the current three-year run, the Warriors never had a 60-win season in franchise history.


Instant Replay: Warriors hold off Rockets, pick up big 60th win

Instant Replay: Warriors hold off Rockets, pick up big 60th win


The Warriors raced out to a big lead early, and then had to hang on for a 113-106 victory over the relentless Rockets on Tuesday night at Toyota Center in Houston.

Stephen Curry, with 32 points, and Klay Thompson, with 25, led the offensive charge. Draymond Green put in 19 points and Andre Iguodala came off the bench to add 12.

Though the Warriors led by as much as 22 in the first half, Houston kept coming. It was ferocious defense that allowed the Warriors to prevail, as they held the Rockets to 38.8-percent shooting, including 16.1 percent from 3-point distance.

The victory was the 200th of Steve Kerr’s coaching career, making him the fastest coach to reach that milestone. He is 200-38 as Warriors coach.

The Warriors (60-14) overcome a 39-16 disparity in free throw attempts to reach the 60-win mark for the third consecutive season for the first time in franchise history.

James Harden posted his 20th triple-double of the season, with 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to earn the victory for the Rockets (51-23).

Even though Curry didn’t have a particularly good shooting night by his standards, at least in the early going, he came on strong late and checked a lot of boxes needed for the win.

Curry’s line: 32 points (11-of-22 shooting from the field, 3-11 from beyond the arc, 7-of-10 from the line), team-high 10 rebounds, team-high seven assists and two steals. He played 33 minutes and finished plus-9 for the game.

After Houston pulled within three, 76-73, on two free throws by Nene with 5:06 left in the third quarter, the Warriors closed the quarter with a 10-2 to take an 86-75 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Rockets got as close as five in the fourth quarter before the Warriors finished it.

Warriors: C/F James Michael McAdoo (L eyebrow laceration) left in the first quarter and did not return. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Rockets: F Ryan Anderson (R ankle sprain) was listed as out.

The Warriors traveled to San Antonio immediately after the game and will face the Spurs on Wednesday night at AT&T Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 Pacific.