Warriors forward Vladimir Radmanovic said the boos aimed at him Wednesday night were harsh. But he understands.
"As harsh as it is, I can't really blame them," said Radmanovic, who was 0-for-8 from the field in a 103-91 home loss to San Antonio. "I understand how they feel. I feel the same way. If I could boo, I would do the same. But it's not going to help."
But what will help Radmanovic rediscover his shot? What will get sharpshooting guard Anthony Morrow going? The Warriors, who enter tonight's game against Washington having lost eight of nine, certainly need them to get going.
In the past six games, including the recent five-game road trip, Radmanovic and Morrow are both shooting below 28 percent from the field.
The common expectation in the locker room is their shots will eventually come around.
"Keep shooting," teammate Monta Ellis said. "Keep shooting. Get your work in after (practice) and just keep shooting. They'll be all right. Everybody goes through it."
But the Warriors need points from Radmanovic and Morrow and aren't exactly in position to wait for their production to come around. So the onus appears to fall on both the players and coaches to get their shots falling again quickly.
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Since neither Radmanovic nor Morrow is the best at creating his own shot, it might require coach Don Nelson drawing up some plays to get each player going. Or their teammates need to set the players up for easy baskets.
Radmanovic, who was acquired from Charlotte in the Stephen Jackson trade Nov. 16, got off to a hot start in December. He had 37 points on 15-for-27 shooting the first two games of the month. But in his last seven games, he's 17-for-62 from the field.
His defense and rebounding have been there for the most part, but the Warriors rely on Radmanovic's scoring, which is down to 8.7 points per game.
"As the new guy who came here, people have expectations of me," said Radmanovic, who has missed 14 of his last 20 3-point attempts. "So far, I haven't showed anything."
Radmanovic said he's going to look at film and see what's up with his release.
Morrow, on the other hand, isn't ready to say he's in a shooting slump. In his first two games back from a two-game absence to attend a family member's funeral, Morrow was 6-for-22 from the field. That included a 4-for-15 effort (4-of-13 from 3-point range) in a loss at Chicago on Dec. 11.
Since then, Morrow has totaled just 11 shots the last three games, making three.
Wednesday, he missed a jumper early in the second quarter and a 3-pointer early in the third. But just before the fourth quarter, he knocked down two free throws. A few minutes later, he came off a screen and nailed a midrange jumper with ease.
"I don't know if I'm off if I'm only taking three shots," Morrow said, referring to his 1-for-3 shooting performance Wednesday. "I just like playing within the offense. I know how to get my own shot. I'm just trying to do other things. ... I think, really, I have to put the onus on myself to get more shots, because I know I can help the team if I'm making shots. Because that's what I do."