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Play Like There’s No ToMORROW

By: Ross Geiger

Morrow's the best signing the Nets made all summer

Each NBA offseason, signings and minor trades happen that quite frankly go unacknowledged and rightfully so. This year was no different with many deals reached based solely on the decision to save money during tough times or to save up for future free agents. But one trade in particular that can be labeled as “minor” demands some note righty involves a team which struck out this summer.

The New Jersey Nets swapped a future second-round draft pick on July 13th and return received Anthony Morrow from the Golden State Warriors. Morrow, a former undrafted NBA prospect has quickly become one of the league’s bright young sharp shooters. A career 47% shooter from long range, Morrow has packed his bags taking his game to a Nets team that was begging for the services he offers nightly.

To top it all off, the departure of Courtney Lee is simple reflection Terrence Williams’s impressive summer improvements and of course the addition of Morrow into their rotation. While Williams is the front-runner for starting shooting guard spot on opening night, there very well could be a change of plans as early as within the first handful of games. As mentioned in a recent post, Williams is an ultimate sixth man off any bench in the league with his ability to play multiple positions. One important ability that Williams lacks is an outside spot-up shot.

Morrow is a volume, shot friendly shooter that stretches the opposing defenses as well as help star guard Devin Harris and even Williams tally up the assists. Nets fans will soon realize and strangely appreciate two things about Morrow brings to the table no matter the opponent. He’s never seen a shot he didn’t like and he plays at such a high level as if there virtually was no tomorrow.

The 24 year-old nicknamed “A-Mo” is a hungry player with a huge chip that continues to rest on his shoulder; even more so then ever after proving himself as a member of the Warriors and being flipped for something as small as future second rounder. The move to New Jersey can be seen as trade that benefits both worlds as both the Nets and Morrow have a land of opportunity to grow together.

Morrow must've majored in "Opportunity" at Georgia Tech

Attending Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Morrow has mastered the gift of opportunities. His first start with the Warriors went from a Don Nelson experiment to memorable night in the NBA World on July 25, 2008. Morrow torched the Los Angeles Clippers that night with a video game type box score, dropping 37 points connecting on an unbelievable 15-20 attempts. It’s impressive enough that Morrow set an NBA record putting up the most points ever scored in a game by an undrafted player in his rookie, but as the cherry on top he also grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with the 37 points.

From that point forward, there was no looking back for Morrow going onto to finish the 2008-2009 season as the first rookie and first Warrior ever to lead the league in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 86 of just 184 attempts.

Heading into next season, the Nets hope and expect much of the same from their newest acquisition. The expectations and production have changed in the matter of just one quick year in the league for Morrow. But one thing has yet to change, he’ll continue to do what he does best. Prove the doubters wrong shot after shot, opportunity after opportunity, and do so playing like there’s no tomorrow.

Morrow lives on in New Jersey next season

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4/23/10 NBA Playoffs Game 3’s Predictions

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat- 7 ET

Where will Wade call home next season?

Down two games to none, Wade’s world in Miami could soon be coming to an end. After losing the first two games in the series, Wade’s got to be evaluating what the future has in store for the Heat organization, as well as the big decision he’ll be making this summer. While the majority of this year’s Heat roster comes off the books this summer, there’s no guarantee Wade decides to stay. Miami’s future foundation in Michael Beasley looks all but promising and it’s got to be so frustrating for Wade whose just asking for a little consistency when it comes to Beasley’s production. Wade goes to work each game not knowing who if anybody is going to show up to play and that’s been clear all series long so far.

The Celtics are better off without Kevin Garnett & his trash talk

Having Garnett back only hurts the Celtics especially now that they’re on the road in Miami. As I mentioned in my Game 2 preview of this series, I truly believe the Celtics are a better team without him, not only are they used to playing without them, but their overall chemistry seems better out there on the floor. So having him back and traveling down to Miami is a double no-no, the fans will be all over him for the Game 1 elbow incident with Quentin Richardson. While Garnett is all too familiar with being heckled due to his “punk-ish” behavior ever since being crowned an NBA champion, I see the Heat benefitting from his return at home, more so then the Celtics rallying behind their aging superstar. With the Heat down in a 0-2 hole, I see Miami keeping their hopes alive with a win tonight.

Heat- 85 Celtics-80

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs- 9:30 ET

Spurs are tough to handle behind these three men

The Spurs were hitting on all cylinders in Game 2 earning a win and swinging series and home court advantage to San Antonio. Outside of the big time play of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, the key was the first half play of Richard Jefferson. After criticizing him for his far from impacting regular season play, Jefferson helped the Spurs get out of the gate in Game 2. On the road it’s so important and valuable to get off to a strong start from jump and being able to develop a 12 cushion going into the half.

While the Mavericks did make a push in the second half and the great play of Jefferson diminished, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili capitalized on big close to momentum swinging baskets. Whenever the Mavericks were on the verge of a comeback, either Duncan or Ginobili would deliver a dagger quieting the Dallas crowd. Now it’s up to the Mavericks to find a way to steal a road win, the Spurs have put themselves in a great position heading into Game 3 at home. I see the Spurs carrying over the momentum they built in Game 2, and come away with a win over the Mavericks.

Spurs- 97 Mavericks- 91

Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz- 10:30 ET

Under manned and on the road, the Utah Jazz still managed to pull out a huge victory over the Nuggets in Game 2. Now they play host to the Nuggets in Utah where they’ll have a nice opportunity to put the pressure on the Nuggets on the road. Head Coach Jerry Sloan will have his team fully prepared for this critical Game 3, if they were able to win Game 2 adjusting to the Okur injury on the fly, I see no reason they won’t take Game 3 in their own place.

Is he trying call out a play or just flash back gang signs at J.R. Smith?

For the Jazz, it’s pretty evident that Deron Williams will always be the key to the team’s success. The floor general must continue to score the basketball by getting to the basket, drawing fouls and getting easy looks from the line, and by doing so he’ll free up his teammates for open shots. Look for Kyle Korver to impress in Game 3 as he’s been a great boost off the bench so far in this series. Carlos Boozer and Paul Millsap will anchor the post play, both doing a solid job in Game 2. On the flipside, the Denver Nuggets will need a better performance from sharpshooter J.R. Smith, in Game 2 the Nuggets’ flamethrower tallied only 9 points hitting just one three on 3-10 shooting. On the road in Utah, Smith plays a huge role in controlling the home crowd. Throughout his career he’s proven to be a guy who steps up on the road and always loves rising to the occasion to quiet a hostile home crowd with a deep three ball. Even with improved play from the Nuggets, I see Jerry Sloan and the Utah Jazz sliding by with a victory in Game 3.

Jazz- 109 Nuggets- 102