Imagine Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry in the starting backcourt, with Baron Davis coming off the bench. It's a Warriors fan's dream.
Well, it came to life Tuesday night. OK, Davis was coming off the Cavaliers' bench, but when your team has missed the playoffs in 16 of the last 17 seasons, you learn to adapt your dreams to fit reality.
Ellis (24), Curry (23) and Davis (19) were the three highest scorers in Tuesday's game, won 95-85 by the Warriors. It had to make you wonder: Could even the great Don Nelson, master of "Smallball," have made the three little guys work on the same team?
Some would say it never could have happened. Had Davis not left the Warriors as a free agent before the 2008-09 season, the club never would have plummeted to the point where it had the seventh pick of the draft, where Curry was available.
Then again, if Davis had hung around and had the same impact he'd had in his two previous seasons with the Warriors (making the playoffs once, winning 48 games the other time), nobody would care that the team hadn't been able to draft Curry.
In that case, maybe Nelson would have landed Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson or Darren Collison, all drafted outside the lottery that season.
The point is: The Warriors don't have Davis.. Nor do they have Holiday, Lawson or Collison.
Instead, they employ Charlie Bell, the guy acquired for Corey Maggette, who was the guy signed to fill Davis' void on the roster.
Now you see why Warriors fans dream of far-fetched things like an Ellis-Curry-Davis backcourt rotation.
It sure beats dreaming about Charlie Bell.
WARRIORS 95, CAVALIERS 85: Of all the talents Baron Davis had as a Warrior, the one Golden State misses least after his free-agent departure is his ability to take over games. That's because they employ someone who's equally good at it, if not better. Monta Ellis put that skill on display against Davis and his new Cavaliers mates Tuesday, pouring in 17 third-quarter points to turn a close game into a huge Warriors advantage they were able to massage down the stretch.
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