Nothing has changed. Monta Ellis continues to be the hot hand and the consistant for the Warriors. Literally taking his team on his back, Ellis led the storm back as the Warriors tried to knock off the hot Indiana Pacers. Too bad George Hill decided it was time for him to step up. All night, Ellis burned him. He played great defense, but Ellis had better offense. Basically, last possession for the game and Ellis makes one mistake. Hill took advantage and converted a three point play which sealed the game. Both teams played ok. There was a lot of lead changes (25) and head to head, the Warriors shot the ball pretty good. The most staggering stat is the difference between free throws. Just looking at the stats, it looked like the Warriors were on the road only shooting eight for the game, but made seven of them. The Pacers got to the line 21 times and made 16. That is pretty much the game right there. The difference of 13 free throws is huge. And it wasn’t like the Warriors weren’t being fouled, just weren’t getting the calls.
Ellis continues his leadership by pouring in 25 points and dishing out six assists. Dorell Wright (yes the same one I’ve been angry at for his lack of scoring) came alive with 18 points, connecting on four threes, but again it seems like there is a lack of effort in his part as his other stats have big donut holes. David Lee looks to get going another double double streak with 10 points and 15 rebounds. While those are decent numbers, Lee needs to score more to help balance the offense. Stephen Curry in his first game back had a so-so game. He scored 12 points, but need 15 shots from the outside and only hit two threes. He also had three assists and three turnovers, so basically they cancel each other. Rust was apparent, but hopefully with one game under his belt, he’ll get into basketball shape.
The Warriors are at home against the Memphis Grizzles tonight.