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Monta Ellis Expected to Play Monday

Warriors guard Monta Ellis, according to a team spokesperson, will join the team in Phoenix either tonight or tomorrow. Ellis is expected to play in Monday’s game at Phoenix.

But coach Mark Jackson stopped short of calling Ellis’ presence a guarantee.

JACKSON: “We hope so. But the bottom like is we’re really sincere with letting him take as much time as possible. We understand his loss and what he’s going through and we’re there for him.”

Ellis missed Saturday’s home loss to Philadelphia. He was in Mississippi attending his grandmother’s funeral.

Without Ellis, Golden State struggled mightily on offense. The Warriors managed just 79 points on 38.2 percent shooting, including 12 points in the third quarter when Philadelphia pulled away.

But while Ellis would certainly helped the Warriors, Jackson said the Warriors are ready to help Ellis.

JACKSON: “You know he’s hurting, so it’s going to be tough. … A lot of times, the way this works, you get away from it and you get back to basketball, it helps the healing process.”

Marcus Thompson

  • Sleepy Freud

    Monta clearly showed he is the best player on the team. Steph has a ways to go to get to Montas level.

  • Niners in 2012

    Monta and Steph are both important players. For a team that doesn’t have a superstar, you need all hands on deck. Its gonna be tough to win without either.

  • Young

    Marcus,

    There is an official report out about Demarcus Cousins request to be traded. Can you share any potential warrior interest / scenario??

    Thanks

  • Santino DiLillo

    I’m saying this: If Monta plays, we win. Simple as that. Add Curry and/or Lee, and we win. Go DUBS!

  • raiversons

    I hope that he will play because without him Warriors offense is not in the same level.
    Someone can tell me – why coach Jackson is not using Biedrins? Only 9 minutes against Philadelphia.. when he was on the court, Warriors didn’t loose, the game was even. With Biedrins Warriors defense is much better than whitout him.

  • Dave

    Warriors this past two seasons are 1-9 without Lee. This includes the games his missed with the arm injury and his illness tonight. Lee is proven to be the most valuable player.