Friday, February 26, 2010

Billups, Nuggets shoot down Warriors

Chauncy Billups took advantage of the Warriors from opening tip to the end. Stephen Curry looked like a lost two year old l in the grocery store, spinning around in circles looking for his mommy. Billups went 3-3 on three point attempts in the first quarter, scoring 11 points. Billups finished with 37, the same amount he scored in the last meeting, an overtime win over the W's. Billups is one of the top four point guards in the West, and one of two "superstar" level players on the Nuggets. There is no excuse for losing track of Billups at any moment. The Warriors payed, letting Chauncy go 6-8 from three.

Curry's weak defense was overshadowed by his offensive production. Curry finished with 30 points, 13 assists, and 7 rebounds. Unfortunately, while Curry got things going on offense, making shots and creating for his teammates, Monta Ellis disappeared. Ellis made one field goal in the second half and finished 6-22 shooting. Supposedly, Ellis was playing with a sore back, but who doesn't have some kind of physical ailment at this point of the season. And if Ellis knows he isn't completely healthy, he shouldn't take so many shots.

It looks like Ellis is displaced, and he is with the emergence of Curry's game. Ellis is the kind of player who needs to know his role. When he was third option to Baron and Jack, he took high percentage shots and did his part with 24 points on 9-12 shooting. When those players shipped out and left Ellis as the featured threat on offense, Ellis carried the Warriors on his back and became one of the top scorers in the NBA. Maybe all the minutes are setting in on Ellis. I hope so. The other possibility is Ellis is frustrated that he isn't the featured player anymore. Curry is growing in popularity every game, making Ellis more expendable if one or the other has to go. Ellis has no right to be upset, if he is. He was the one who messed up his ankle on a moped and missed most of last season. Ellis was the one who said that Curry and himself would not work before they ever took the court. I don't disagree with Ellis in the fact that the Warriors are at a big disadvantage on defense with Curry and Ellis together and only works for a Nelson coached team where defense is a non factor.

I'm not giving up on Monta after one bad game, but there is a campaign going on right now a try-out for who will be the foundation of the future. If Warriors fans and front office had to chose between Curry or Ellis, who do you think they would chose? (This is hypothetical, so don't say both)

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