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News » Warriors' Anthony Morrow in a mini shooting slump

Warriors' Anthony Morrow in a mini shooting slump

Warriors' Anthony Morrow in a mini shooting slump Morrow trying to regain his shooting touch

CHICAGO Warriors guard Anthony Morrow has struggled with his shot since returning from his two-game absence.

In Friday's 96-91 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls, he had 12 points on 4-for-15 from the field. Of those 15 shots, 13 were from 3-point range. He was 2-for-7 shooting for six points against the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday, his first game back.

"The last game I had to get my legs back," said Morrow, who came into Friday's game shooting 51.2 percent from 3-point range. "But this game I felt a lot better. It's a process to get back into a shooting rhythm."

Morrow missed the Orlando game on Dec. 5 because of a death in the family. He didn't make it to Monday's game at Oklahoma City because of travel complications, which put him through five airports as he flew from Charlotte, N.C., to Oklahoma. Since then, Morrow has hardly been a dead-eye shooter.

Teammate C.J. Watson said the trick to get Morrow going will probably be finding him in transition and other places he likes to shoot the ball. In the meantime, he said, Morrow has to find other ways to get going, perhaps getting layups or free throws.

Assistant Keith Smart said it's only a matter of time before Morrow regains his touch.

"We all know he's a great shooter," Smart said. "He doesn't have shooting nights like this or (Wednesday) night. Plus, teams know he's a hot guy, so they're going to get to him pretty quick."

Forbes released its annual NBA team valuations this week. The average team value fell 3 percent to $367 million, the first decline since Forbes began tracking team values 11 years ago. Twelve teams posted operating losses. A team source said the Warriors made money last season.

Forbes placed Golden State's value at $315 million, 18th in the NBA. Team president Robert Rowell, who is on the trip, declined to comment except to say, "I have no idea who evaluates these teams, but $315 million seems awfully low."

Forbes reports the Lakers are the most valuable team ($607 million), followed by the Knicks ($589 million) and Bulls ($512 million). Milwaukee ranked 30th at $254 million.

The Warriors were outscored 56-22 in the paint. The Bulls had a season-high 58 rebounds, 14 more than the Warriors .

Marcus Thompson II

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