Posted by Royce Young
Monta Ellis took a nasty spill last night. It was one of those abruptly-inhale-deeply-and-don't-breathe-again-until-he-moves kind of falls. He was taken to the hospital but as the Warriors said today, Ellis was released this morning with a Grade 2 concussion.
The team says he'll miss the final two games of the season.
The fall was pretty scary just because the way it happened. Ellis hit the side of his head on the floor, which doesn't happen often. Once he got up after laying for a minute or so, he was obviously woozy and shaken.
As the NFL has been trying to tell us lately, along with people well before, concussions are no joke. And Ellis's was pretty serious. Basketball is not immune to these types of things with sharp elbows flying around, players jumping high and hard falls taking place. That wood below is hard. Really hard. It's not very forgiving.
Ellis will be fine but his injury is a subtle reminder that the concussion discussion isn't entirely limited to just football and hockey. Basketball is indeed a contact sport and hard falls happen.