Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:36 pm

Game Changer 11.9.10: Where the Warriors win

Monta Ellis goes down hard, Zach Randolph goes 23/20, the Celtics got Dirked, Stephen Curry debates important political issues with a foreign emissary and then goes off on the Raptors, and LeBron James weighs in on an important coaching decision. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 


It might not have been the night's marquee match-up (keep reading for the big finish in Dallas), but the Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors game may have been the most watchable.

Get ready for another Stephen Curry gush fest. Despite a wobbly ankle that has kept him out of action recently, Curry brought the do-everything electricity Monday night, unleashing wicked crossovers, making smart decisions in transition, finishing smoothly in traffic and pressing Toronto's (lack of) defense constantly by remaining in attack mode.

How Curry doesn't receive more national publicity is beyond me, as he combines elements of Steve Nash and John Wall into a pure-shooting, hard-working, highly-intelligent package that screams marketability. The mental lapses that lead to turnovers are still there, but so is the absurd statistical output: 34 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes. Plus a ridiculous 12-21 from the field, including 2-4 from deep and a perfect 8-8 from the line. This guy will break your efficiency calculator.

While Curry was just returning to the court, his teammate, Monta Ellis, was crashing down hard onto it. Check out the must-see video  of Ellis's scary hard fall late in the fourth quarter, one that necessitated the training staff's help to carry him off the court and post-game X-rays on his back. Ellis, who has been sparkling in the early season, had 28 points again tonight before the injury.

The Warriors closed the door without their go-to option thanks mostly to Curry, who had the final seven Warriors points down the stretch.

While awards are not given out for defeating the terrible Toronto Raptors, the Warriors showed on Monday that they could take care of business, on the road, while sustaining some adversity, a necessary outcome for a team that has its collective eye on playoff contention in the Western Conference.


Zach Randolph:  23 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, three steals on 9-16 shooting in 41 minutes in a Memphis home win over the Phoenix Suns.

Honorable mention to...

Stephen Curry:
 34 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals on 12-21 shooting in 36 minutes in a Golden State road win over the Toronto Raptors.

Dwight Howard:
27 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block in 34 minutes in an Orlando Magic win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Joakim Noah:
13 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, four blocks in 39 minutes in a Bulls home win over the Denver Nuggets.

Rajon Rondo:
11 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, five steals and a block in 42 minutes in a Celtics loss to the Dallas Mavericks.


It was a game of runs in Texas, with the Dallas Mavericks running out to an early lead, then giving it all back (and more) to the Boston Celtics. But the Mavericks mounted a final push at the right time, running off the last seven points of the game.

The last two?

This money game-winner from Dirk Nowitzki, over the out-stretched arm of Celtics forward Glen Davis. You've been Dirked.







Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors mascot discuss the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives during the midterm elections.



Dallas Cowboys fan LeBron James, who knows a thing or two about coaches getting fired (cough, Mike Brown, cough), weighed in on Twitter with his thoughts on who should replace Wade Phillips in the Big D. "We want Coach Cowher or Coach Gruden!! No one else is ready for that task and I know they will command RESPECT right off top!! Let's go."

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 1:15 pm

Monta's back injury is 'not serious'

Posted by Royce Young

Monday night, Monta Ellis took a weird, awkward fall against Toronto. He appeared to jam his back if that's possible by bending backwards in a strange way. He stayed on the floor for an extended period of time, appearing to be in legitimate pain.

He was taken off and didn't return to the game. He stayed in Toronto Monday night following the game and had some X-rays to see if any damage was done. But Ken Berger of CBSSports.com passes along that according to a source, Monta's injury is "not serious" and is being classified as a back strain.

A sigh of relief for the Warriors for sure, who have started the season 5-2 behind excellent backcourt play from the league's leading scorer Ellis and Stephen Curry. As to if Ellis will play Wednesday against the Knicks is up in the air still.

UPDATE: Via a press release, X-rays and CT scan show no structural damage on Warriors guard Monta Ellis' injured back. He is now in New York and is listed as day-to-day.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:56 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:36 pm

Monta Ellis takes hard fall, leaves court injured

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis fell to the floor in bizarre fashion and left the court due to injury. Posted by Ben Golliver Just yesterday, we were singing the praises of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, who has upped his efficiency this season and has been leading the NBA in scoring through its opening week and a half.  Tonight, in the closing minutes of Golden State's game against the Raptors in Toronto, Ellis drove to the basket and took a nasty, weird spill after having his lay-up attempt contested by Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan and big man Amir Johnson. Here's video of the fall. Ellis contorts backwards on the landing, with his left leg and back appearing to absorb the impact in abnormal fashion. He lay nearly motionless on the hardwood for more than a minute, as Warriors training staff members tended to him. He was then helped off the court very gingerly and taken to the locker room.  Ellis did not re-enter the game, which Golden State won 109-102. This post will update with any injury news as soon as it becomes available.  Updates: 
  • Holly MacKenzie of The Score reports from Toronto on Twitter that Ellis is "currently getting X-rays on lower back."
  • Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that the results of the MRI "will be available in morning. He's staying in Toronto tonight." The rest of the Warriors went on to New York City for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:34 pm

Warriors wouldn't trade Monta Ellis for Carmelo?

Golden State guard Monta Ellis is off to a hot start, and the Warriors reportedly wouldn't trade him for Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis   The Golden State Warriors, who haven't made the NBA playoffs since 2006-2007, are off to a stellar 4-1 start. Point guard Stephen Curry looks to have made a sophomore leap in his overall game, but off guard Monta Ellis has been the team's engine, averaging a career-high 28.6 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists through five games.  When Ellis put up 25.5 points per game last season, it came with an asterick because of his offensive inefficiency.  Ellis attempted a ton of threes, didn't get to the foul line as much as he should and shot 44.9 percent overall, a good number, but one with room for improvement. Through five games, Ellis has been an efficiency machine. He's shooting 51.9% percent from the field, outstanding for a guard. He's averaging more than eight free throw attempts a game, an excellent figure that speaks to his aggressiveness. And, most impressively, he's hitting an astonishing 70.6% of his shots from less than 10 feet according to HoopData.com.  The question, of course, is whether those numbers are sustainable. The answer: probably not, but even if he cools off considerably we are likely to see a career year from Ellis this season.  As such, the Ellis hype from the Bay Area has reached a new pinnacle. MercuryNews.com reports that Ellis, who has been mentioned in trade rumors off and on for the last few years, is now carrying a much steeper price.
Just before the season started, when reports surfaced about forward Carmelo Anthony wanting out of Denver, Bay Area News Group reported that the Warriors were offering anyone but Curry to get Anthony. As early as October, rumors circulated about the Warriors dangling Ellis to try to get someone such as Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala or Atlanta's Josh Smith.
At this point, neither Iguodala nor Smith would be enough in return for Ellis. One source said the Warriors probably wouldn't part with Ellis even if it meant landing Anthony, who some consider a top-five player in the NBA.
That "Carmelo isn't enough for Monta" statement is surprising at first glance, given that Ellis has never made an all star game while Anthony is a three-time all star and Olympic gold medalist. That said, you can see where the Warriors are coming from. In Anthony, you have a player who is near his peak and intent on winning big in the short term. In Ellis, you have a player who still has room to improve to reach his ceiling and who isn't married to an MTV veejay intent on big-market domination. For a smaller-market team on the rise like the Warriors, Ellis just fits better. Also, there's the matter of basketball fit with Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. Given the improvement he's shown from a play-making and offensive leadership perspective, Curry has the potential to be a perennial all-star, if he can limit his turnovers. His game is high-paced, instinctive and best for a motion offense. Ellis, who can score in a variety of ways and moves very well off the ball, is probably a better long-term pair for Curry than Anthony, who often finds himself in isolation or working out of the post. While Anthony is still a better overall player and has proven it during multiple deep playoff runs, a hot start from Ellis sure makes it seem like the gap between the two players isn't nearly as big as it seemed three or four months ago.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:13 pm

Golden State Warriors sale delayed again

The sale of the Golden State Warriors has reportedly been delayed again. Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis The Golden State Warriors have been known, first and foremost, for their insane pace, eschewing defense for run-and-gun fun. But when it comes to the franchise's sale, things are moving glacially. Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com reports that Joe Lacob, who agreed to purchase the Warriors from previous owner Chris Cohan over the summer, will not officially complete the transaction and transfer of power on Friday, as previously expected. 
Well, turns out Joe Lacob isn’t going to be the owner of the Warriors by Friday, which was something NBA commissioner David Stern had wanted.   Looks like it’s going to be November.  
Steinmetz also notes that the official deadline for the deal is Dec. 31, but that eveything appears to be "on track."   Speaking of on track, the Warriors started the season off in impressive fashion, running past the Houston Rockets 132-128, thanks to a career-high 46 points from guard Monta Ellis.  It's now been three and a half months since the sale agreement was announced as "official." If only Ellis could help Lacob get this process back in the fast lane. 
Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:15 am

Shootaround 10.28.10: Manic Panic

Posted by Matt Moore

  • The NBA Draft is headed to... New Jersey? The League announced Wednesday that Newark's Prudential Center, home of the Nets this season, will also host the 2011 NBA Draft while Madison Square Garden is being renovated. Considering that many of the top players are unlikely to come out due to the NBA's potential lockout next season, Newark seems like an appropriate choice. Kidding, Newark! We love you!
  • Pacers coach Jim O'Brien is not really happy with the league's suspension process for drug violations. The team was without Brandon Rush last night when the Spurs wiped them off the map likea  coke line at Courtney Love's house in the mid-90's. O'Brien doesn't like the fact that the team isn't notified when a player has his first or second positive test, only being notified when the player is benched. On the one hand, his desire to help his players deal with their problems is admirable. On the other, you have to have some level of privacy for players with these issues (while monotoring the problems). It's a complicated issue, really.
  • So... Celtics fans aren't all brushing off that loss to the Cavs last night. Yikes. Some aren't as worried . I tend to side with the latter group. It's a road game on a back to back against an emotional team with an emotional crowd and you have a team of hyper-confident veterans that would look past a game like this. Just needs salt for a perfect disaster recipe.

Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:40 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 1:38 am

Stephen Curry injures ankle

Warriors guard injured in preseason game collision.
Posted by Matt Moore

UPDATE 12:50 a.m.: Warriors PR reports that it's a sprained right ankle and that he is listed as day-to-day . Great news for Warriors fans, especially with Curry set with so much hope for the future . We'll keep you updated on if any further tests are done on the ankle. (Via the San Francisco Chronicle )

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was injured Thursday night when he collided with Steve Blake of the Lakers during the Lakers' preseason win over the Warriors in San Diego. Reports were conflicting about whether it was Curry's knee or ankle that was injured, but Warriors site Warriors World 's forums posted this photo showing the injured ankle . It's important to note that despite the headline of that page, there has been no confirmation that Curry broke his ankle, and what's more, Curry returned to the floor from the locker room to try and walk it off to no avail.

Curry was in significant pain from the injury. We'll update you on his status as soon as we hear anything. There's no reason to panic if you're a Warriors fan, but it bears keeping an eye on.

The Lakers rolled 121-99, with Steve Blake scoring 18 and 7 off the bench.

Related: Check out Ben Golliver's profile of Curry from this week .
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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:56 pm

Magic Johnson wants to own NBA or NFL team?

Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson tells the Los Angeles Times that he will investigate the options for owning a professional sports team. Posted by Ben Gollivermagic-johnson It's been a busy week for Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.  First, he sold his 4.5% ownership stake in the Lakers on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, Johnson announced he was liquidating his Starbucks ownership assets, worth more than $100 million.  Tonight comes word from Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times that Johnson will continue to serve in his role as Vice President of the Lakers but that he is interested in becoming a majority owner of a professional sports team but that several rumored deals have not developed or progressed.
Johnson said Wednesday he will "look at every opportunity" in the future to become a majority owner of a sports team, but that he hasn't joined forces with anybody yet. However, Johnson said he wants to play a role in bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. "I talked with Golden State. I will talk with [Ilitch about] Detroit," Johnson said. "Just because you talk, that doesn't mean you are going to do a deal. But I'll be looking at every opportunity because I'm a businessman and that's what I do. I look at deals every day."
Turner notes that Johnson says he hasn't yet had any discussions regarding bringing a National Football League team back to Los Angeles, but that he "really, really wants" the NFL to return to the city. Johnson also is quoted as saying that he would welcome discussions regarding the NFL "in two seconds." It has been 15 years since the NFL had a franchise in Los Angeles. The NFL's Rams franchise left Los Angeles for St. Louis in 1995. The NFL's Raiders franchise left Los Angeles for Oakland in 1995.
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