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Protective Nellie

With Jason Richardson out, Ellis started. But Nellie started the game with a couple of unusual defensive moves. He opened the game with Murphy on Tim Duncan and Baron Davis off the ball and guarding Bruce Bowen.
Everyone knows Murphy stands no chance at guarding Duncan. But my guess is he did it to protect Andris from getting in early foul trouble. He started Baron off the ball, my guess, to save his legs for the end of the game. Because without J-Rich, it could be a 40-plus minute night for Baron.
I say it’s just another sign of Nelson’s ability to improvise and adjust.

Marcus Thompson