By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 5:09 pm in Uncategorized.
* Jackson is expected to play tomorrow. He was in his practice uniform and on the court.
* Maggette had his hand taped. Apparently, he sustained some kind of injury Wednesday. Maybe that’s why he missed 8 of 12 free throws.
* Monta practiced again at full speed, though many of the big-minutes players practiced lighter. Ellis got through his second consecutive practice without incident. Still no word on when he returns.
Nellie: “It’s doctors and trainers. Not his call. Not mine.”
Nelson continued to express nothing but positivity about Monta’s recovery.
Nellie: “I was worried that he wouldn’t get back to where he was. He had two tendons severed so it was a major operation. But I’m not worried about that anymore. I think he’s going to get back and I see the same quickness and explosiveness. But he’s not there yet.”
*One interesting topic came up: Andris Biedrins seems to practice every blue moon. Andris is fourth on the team in minutes per game (32.1), but his minutes are the hard-earned kind, as he’s down there banging and running. Plus, remember, Biedrins played this summer for his national team.
Still, there is a fine line between resting and killing energy. Nellie said he thinks he crossed it when he gave Biedrins the day off Tuesday.
Nellie: “I’ve given him a couple of days, but maybe I shouldn’t have given him that second day (off) because I thought his start was pretty poor last night. He missed two or three baskets right at the rim. I probably should’ve given him one day and worked him a little bit the next. I thought he’d been playing a little tired so I decided to give him two days off. He picked it up in the second half. He’s fine.”
* A lot of talk after the triple-overtime L the Warriors took Wednesday was about whether to foul or not foul. The Warriors had a foul to give, but didn’t take it and Kevin Martin drove to the basket for a game-tying dunk.
Nellie: “It would’ve been a good time to use the foul. No question about that.”
Then Kevin Martin was left long enough to nail a 3-pointer to steal victory.
Nellie: “He should’ve been chased off the line. That was a mistake that we made. There were 11 seconds. You don’t foul at 11, you foul at 5. When it hit five, he was at the three. You don’t want to foul. If you foul there he’s going to go up and get two free throws. That was a tough play for a rookie (Anthony Morrow). He gave up three 3s that hurt us (the other two by Francisco Garcia from the corner), but those are rookie mistakes. I’m going to have to live with those. It’s not that he did anything wrong, but he should’ve moved — he could play on the other side of him. Give him the two, it doesn’t matter. You don’t give the three. And he did. He’s trying to do the right thing, nobody’s blaming him. But that’s a rookie mistake.”
* Funny moment that may have went overlooked Wednesday night. When C.J. Watson fouled out, Nelson walked down the bench looking for someone to replace him with. Crawford was already on the court. Belinelli is hurt. Morrow was already on the court. There was one guard left on the bench.
That’s who Nellie put in after he whisked right past Marcus Williams. The question begs: if he can’t get in the game for an injury depleted team, with three players fouled out in a triple-overtime game, then when can M-Will get in???
Nellie: “When Monta comes back, it will be harder. He’s kept a good attitude. He’s done the right things. He wants to play. He just has a lot of guys playing ahead of him.”