The Warriors are going with the youth movement, remember? They are focusing on their young, building for the future, right?
It seems Twitterer @Apollo1Man got that impression, too. His recent Tweet: “Can I ask Warriors 4 money back 4 false advertising. Kept telling me to come see AR.”
But somehow, Anthony Randolph played 7 minutes last night. One of the cornerstone pieces is now a bit player who can only play under certain circumstances – against back-up centers. Randolph went from rising rookie to starting power forward to getting Rob Kurz minutes.
Some will say that is a negative way of looking at it. Some will say its early and there is plenty time for Randolph to reclaim his importance. But I can’t help but think it’s a big issue that Randolph is currently 10th on the team in minutes per game.
RANDOLPH: “It’s kind of like déjà vu. But it’s different from last year because people know what I can do. I’ve just got to keep my head up. It’s a long season. I’ve got a long career ahead of me. These are the type of experiences that will make me a better player and person.”
Monta Ellis played easily his most complete game of the young season. His shot was off early, but he still had his fingerprints all over the game. His stat line was impressive:
24 points (10-for-23 FGs), 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 TOs
But that was against the Memphis Grizzlies. Can Monta Ellis be that kind of productive presence every game? Will he look for others as much when his shot isn’t falling?
Wednesday, he was driving and dishing like you rarely see. He passed the ball up he court. It even looked as if he were operating with the intent to pass on some occasions, rather than passing as a last resort. Plus, he was after it on defense, in his manner anyway. Ellis certainly didn’t shut anyone down. But he was good on doubling down, decisive and disruptive.
Last week, Monta said Curry did not have to worry about being a leader despite being the point guard. “That’s not his role.” Sounds like Monta is bent on reminding the organization and the fans who the franchise player is. As long as he produces like he did on Wednesday, they’ll be fine with that.
Corey Maggette was 3-for-9 outside the key, which means he was 6-for-8 in the lane. I think he’s figuring out his success comes from going to the basket.
Curry quietly had a pretty good game. Nellie went with the lineup that was clicking, which didn’t include Curry. So he wound up sitting most of the fourth quarter. But 7 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in 29 minutes ain’t bad.