Monta Ellis described it as a bad night. He said it wasn’t because of the way the Clippers defended him. He just felt from the beginning it wouldn’t be his night.
ELLIS: “It was just one of those days. I know when my day is going to be good and when my day is going to be bad.”
Since when is 15 points and 11 assists bad?
Point guard Stephen Curry, after re-spraining his ankle in Wednesday night’s win over the Houston Rockets, is listed as day-to-day with a mild right ankle sprain. So you know what that means? No practice.
Curry said he took a couple of steps back by re-aggravating his ankle injury, so he will rest it and ice it in preparation for Friday’s game vs. the Clippers. But is this all part of his plan to get out of practicing?
Wednesday’s season opener was all about Monta Ellis, who just turned 25 on Tuesday. He torched the Rockets for 46 points while missing just six shots. That tied his career high, which he set last season, in February, at the Dallas Mavericks.
ELLIS: “It was just one of those games were shots were going in early on and they just kept falling.”
Ellis was as smooth and as efficient as you’ve ever seen him. Jumper was falling, he finished just about everything, took good shots, took care of the ball (1 TO in 40 minutes).
And it wasn’t just that he was hot. He was clearly the best player on the court. (Well, Luis Scola did look all-world against the Warriors’ defense.) Can he do it every night? Can he be this efficient more times than not? That remains to be seen. But on this night, Ellis was an elite player. He was the guy that gives other teams fits, the guy who when he’s on the court, you like your chances.
I’m not just saying that. Here is some context:
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MONTA ELLIS ARTICLE FROM TODAY’S PAPER.
By Marcus Thompson II
Perhaps no one is in a better position to evaluate Warriors guard Monta Ellis than teammate Andris Biedrins. He has seen Ellis at every stage of his career and seen him mature from a rookie who hardly spoke to the boisterous presence he is now.
Biedrins is amazed by the difference.
“He’s been changed,” Biedrins said. “He’s totally different. He’s happy about the team. He’s really stepped it up. I’m really happy about him. It’s just a joy to be his teammate.”
Is this really Monta Ellis, the same disgruntled player from last season who was the subject of monthly trade rumors and closed-door meetings with management?
Ellis insists his demeanor is no big deal, even if it’s obvious how big a deal it really is.
For the first time since he can remember, Ellis is at ease. For the first time in his NBA career he has nothing to worry about, no reason to complain, no drama robbing his attention.
Ellis is at peace. On the court and off.
“It’s a new beginning,” he said. “It’s a new feel. A new vibe. Back to having fun.”
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By Marcus Thompson II
Brandan Wright, starting for the white team in Wednesday’s open-to-the-public practice, took a pass in the paint with his back to the basket.
With one dribble, he turned toward the middle and jumped, stretching over the reach of defenders Andris Biedrins and David Lee, easily dropping in a left-handed hook. It was a move that jogged a memory.
“You did see some flashes,” coach Keith Smart said. “And he’s shown that through camp.”