With roughly a minute to go during the fourth quarter of a game and his team leading the Sacramento Kings, 100-97, Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis took a nasty spill that forced him out of the game with an apparent head injury.
Ellis drove into the paint against Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, drawing a foul as he catapulted in the air and flung the ball at the rim. On his way down, Ellis landed hard on his right side and lay in a heap in the paint. He was able to walk off the court under his own power, but the Warriors tweeted after the game that Ellis "will be taken to a local hospital for further examination after hitting his head late in tonight's game."
CSNBayArea.com added these details.
He landed awkwardly and appeared to hit the side of his head on the hardwood floor. Ellis remained on the ground for a minute or so and when he got up appeared visibly woozy. Ellis, who got fouled on the play, went to the bench and did not return ... Warriors coach Keith Smart said after the game that Ellis had been bothered throughout the game by a sore ankle. Ellis ended up playing just 26 minutes, but sat for most of the fourth quarter.The Warriors also noted that Ellis "will not travel with the team to Denver for tomorrow's game." Following Monday's game against the Nuggets in Denver, the Warriors close their season at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Here's video of the play.
To add insult to the injury, the Warriors lost to the Kings, 104-103, giving up four straight points in Ellis' absence. Ellis is Golden State's leading scorer at 24.3 points per game, and his absence could have playoff implications, as both the Nuggets and Blazers are jockeying in the playoff seeding race. Denver is currently the No. 5 seed while Portland is currently the No. 6 seed.
Updates on Ellis' health when they become available.