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.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.