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Blessing in Disguise

Though Baron is out, which figures to decreae the Warriors’ chance of victory, the good news is Monta gets a chance to play some point guard, where he certainly needs experience.
Nellie said before the game that the Warriors break is sometimes better under Monta than it is under Baron. Monta, he said, is not only faster and quicker than Davis, but he passes the ball up the court. Davis has a problem with holding the ball too long and dribbling it up court himself.
Ellis did a solid job playing point in the firts half. He had as many assists (5) as field goal attempts (Nellie said before the game that Ellis needs to distribute the ball better) and zero turnovers. What’s notable about his 12 points is that six came from the free throw line, which illustrates how he was attacking the basket instead of shooting jumpers. That set the tone for an attacking offense. The Warriors took 17 first-half free throws and just eight 3-pointers (making 4).
What’s more, Ellis made life harder for Hinrich, who was 3-for-9 with eight points and seven assists at the half.
Not a bad performance so far for the Warriors’ temporary starting point guard. Certainly better than Sarunas would have done. Let’s see if he can keep it up.

Marcus Thompson