Morrow logged 11 points (3-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two steals and one rebound across 30 minutes in a 108-94 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.
With Alex Abrines missing the game with back spasms and starting small forward Andre Roberson not giving the Thunder much offense early on, Morrow appeared for just the fourth time since the beginning of 2017 and picked up a huge workload off the bench. Unfortunately for Morrow, he didn't live up to his reputation as a sharpshooter, so if Abrines' absence proves to be only a short-term issue, Morrow could be headed out of coach Billy Donovan's rotation before long.
Morrow (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 109-94 win over the Bulls on Monday.
After a seven-game run as the team's starting shooting guard, Morrow moved back to the bench Dec. 31 when Victor Oladipo returned from a wrist injury. While it wasn't unexpected that Morrow has seen his minutes tail off upon moving back to the bench, it's been more surprising that he's been passed up on the depth chart by rookie Alex Abrines, who has settled in as the primary backup to Oladipo. Abrines' emergence has resulted in Morrow dropping out of the rotation entirely for four of the past five games, and the veteran may not reclaim playing time until Abrines' three-point shooting shooting tails off. Abrines has done well to maintain his spot in the rotation by going 6-of-16 (37.5%) from distance over the past five contests.
Morrow started Saturday during a 114-101 victory over the Suns and scored 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and had two steals across 21 minutes.
Victor Oladipo (wrist) missed his third consecutive game and Morrow started for him Saturday after Jerami Grant had started the previous two games. Morrow, who gives the Thunder desperately needed three-point shooting, is seeing his playing time continue to trend in the right direction. He is playing 25.3 minutes per game so far in December after he averaged 13.3 minutes per game in November. Even when Oladipo returns, Morrow will likely continue to see at least 20 minutes per game.
Morrow will get the start at shooting guard Saturday against the Suns, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
The Thunder will mix things up Saturday, inserting Morrow at shooting guard, while Jerami Grant moves to the bench, as was the case to begin the second half of Wednesday's loss to the Jazz. Of course, neither player is a regular starter, but the Thunder will again be without the services of Victor Oladipo (wrist) on Saturday.
Morrow finished with three points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and two rebounds across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 109-89 loss to the Jazz.
Despite surpassing 25 minutes for the sixth time in seven games, Morrow was mostly a non-entity during his time on the court, and the sharpshooter has now gone just 1-of-11 from three-point range over his last three contests. Still, it's worth noting that Morrow started the second half over Jerami Grant, so it's possible that Morrow could enter the lineup Saturday against the Suns if Victor Oladipo (wrist) remains out for a third straight contest.
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