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News » Trio is a triple threat on three-pointers

Trio is a triple threat on three-pointers

Trio is a triple threat on three-pointers
Anthony Morrow had his rear end on the court, his arms in the air and his eyes wide in bewilderment as he pleaded for a foul call after missing a long jumper to end Monday's first half against the Wizards.

Though his words were inaudible, the groaning home crowd shared his indignity.

As if Morrow would miss that badly without interference.

In fact, Morrow doesn't expect to miss at all.

The Golden State rookie is the NBA's leading three-point shooter after going 3-for-3 against the Wizards to boost his average to 50 percent, and he isn't the only Warrior hitting from outside.

Swingman Kelenna Azubuike 45.7 is ranked fifth and guard C.J. Watson 46.4 would be tied for third if he wasn't a few attempts short of the qualifying minimum.

"I'm just trying to catch Morrow, that's all I'm trying to do," said Azubuike, who has made 16 of his last 21 three-point attempts.

"No, it's just taking the open shot when it's there. Our ball movement is better, and because of that, it's making it hard on defenses to guard us."

For better or worse, the Warriors have not been shy when it comes to taking three-pointers under coach Don Nelson. Golden State set an NBA record with 2,185 attempts last season while making 34.8 percent.

With the Warriors slowly returning to health this season and Nelson looking to carve out roles for his players, his unheralded three - Morrow, Azubuike and Watson - have made their dependability known.

They have combined to hit 107 threes in 227 attempts, thereby alleviating much of the pressure on high-volume shooters Jamal Crawford, Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette who have combined for only four more makes in 155 more attempts.

The more Morrow hits, the less congested the lane becomes for Maggette. The more Jackson scores inside, the more open Watson will be outside.

"With any team, when you have an opportunity to attack the basket and you add some really good jump shooters, it really spreads out the defense," Maggette said. "It makes the game a lot easier for your team."

"It opens up the floor," Jackson added. "It's kind of impossible to guard us."

It has made for better looks overall. The Warriors hope it also will bring an invitation for Morrow to the three-point shootout during All-Star weekend.

A team official said a call to the league would be made in the next few days, and Morrow's teammates already have started their campaign.

"I think he'd win it, I really do," Azubuike said. "He's got that quick release, take-it-off-the-rack thing."

Added Maggette: "He is definitely a player who needs to be in the three-point-shooting contest - and the Rookie Game."

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