Perhaps the 3-point shootout was exactly what small forward Dorell Wright needed.
Not the one during All-Star Saturday festivities, when Wright was a first-round exit. But Friday's win over the Orlando Magic, during which the Warriors set a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and both teams combined to knock down 36 from deep.
Wright hit eight 3's en route to 32 points, just the kind of breakout game he needed. Oddly enough, Wright attributed the hot shooting to a suggestion from coach Keith Smart. It was a piece of advice Wright was skeptical of at first.
"Coach told me to get some extra shots before shoot-around (Friday)," Wright said. "That's something I don't do. I'm very superstitious."
But Wright also was very cold.
He went into the All-Star break averaging 16.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. He was shooting 40.1 percent from 3-point range. But in his first nine games after the break, Wright shot 37.7 percent and made just a quarter of his 3-pointers. During one four-game stretch, he missed 14 of 15 from behind the arc. With those numbers, he wasn't in position to turn down advice.
"I took some shots, got into a little rhythm," Wright said after Friday's game. "Before the game, I felt good. I broke my routine. So hey, whatever it takes."
The announcement also states that those who renew now will avoid a price increase in 2012-2013 if the Warriors miss the playoffs next season. The Warriors also are offering benefits if they don't win 25 home games and don't have a player in the 2012 All-Star Game.
"This renewal plan is just one small example of that commitment to our shareholders," Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said in a release. "We owe it to our incredible fans, who in my mind are the best in the NBA, to raise our level of expectations for this organization and to perform at the highest level in all possible phases. Our fans certainly deserve that and this innovative renewal plan signifies a step in that direction."
Smart said he's satisfied with Thornton's progress but that he played Thornton sparingly because his conditioning wasn't sufficient for a game of that intensity and pace.