METAIRIE, La. — Anthony Morrow didn’t take a shot in the first three quarters of New Orleans’ five-point win over Brooklyn on Monday.
When he did begin lofting shots, they were off the mark.
The long-distance sharp shooter knew it was only a matter of time, however, that he’d get going.
He did. In the final seven minutes of game time, Morrow scored 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers.
“As a shooter, you’re going to miss some shots, obviously,” Morrow said a day later. “Like I told them, I’m not here to stop shooting when I miss a few. I knew it was going to help the team just keeping the floor spaced.”
His first basket gave the Pelicans a 93-91 lead. His next put them ahead 96-93.
Three more misses didn’t keep him from shooting.
His final two shots, both 3-pointers, pushed New Orleans’ lead to six points and then seven.
Morrow, one of the main players helping the Pelicans off the bench of late, is sixth in the NBA 3-point shooting, hitting 44 percent of his attempts this season.
He’s not giving in when his shots aren’t falling. In fact, he won’t even allow himself to think such negative thoughts.
“You can’t even have it in your mind,” Morrow said. “Can’t even be a part of your DNA. I shoot hundreds of shots a day so if I miss two or three while I’m shooting by myself in the gym, I know I can make my next three or four. It’s kind of the same way in a real game.”
He almost didn’t get the chance to get going, however.
Coach Monty Williams nearly pulled him for Luke Babbitt, but didn’t get the replacement to the table in time. Morrow said he told the coaches “good sub” as he sat down, only to be called back onto the floor.
“I was trying to get Amo out of the game and I couldn’t get Luke there in time,” Williams said. “He comes right back and hits a shot, runs over to me and says, ‘I ain’t going to miss no more! I ain’t going to miss no more!’ ”
It’s that kind of confidence that has helped the Pelicans go 7-3 in the past 10 games, a stretch that has turned New Orleans into one of the hottest in the NBA. Only four teams have been better in the past 10 games.
Morrow realizes and understands his role on the floor.
“I knew it was going to help the team just keeping the floor spaced,” Morrow said. “Tyreke (Evans) has lanes to the basket. Austin (Rivers) had lanes to the basket. (Brian Roberts). (Anthony Davis), of course. I just wanted to stay out there and stretch the floor.”