The Warriors actually played a decent third quarter and led 98-90 going into the fourth. Yes, it was disappointing to see the Warriors completely deflate in the fourth quarter, but Warriors fans have come to expect such shortcomings this season. The loss was nothing compared to watching Monta Ellis writhe and grimace on the floor after twisting his left knee. If you only know one thing about the Warriors, you know Ellis is the only link to relevance. Ellis is the only reason Warriors fans come out to Oracle Area. Ellis will have an MRI on Tue. Feb 9.
Another issue of frustration was the allocation of minutes by coach Don Nelson. Ellis, Curry, and Morrow played over 40 minutes, Tolliver and Turiaf over 30, and Biedrins 24 minutes. CJ Watson played six minutes and would have played less if not for Ellis going down in the last three minutes. Chris Hunter played one minute. Basically, Nelson played a six man rotation and it showed in the end as the Warriors were gassed before the fourth quarter began. I don't blame the record number of injuries sustained by the Warriors this season entirely on Don Nelson, but tired players are more likely to get injured. Where was Coby Karl? He played 30 minutes three days ago against the Thunder. Now, the Warriors will not sign Karl to another 10 day contract.?? Karl isn't a force to be reckoned with, but the Warriors need warm bodies at this point. How will the Warriors marketing team sell tickets with no Monta?
"The next fan to buy a four pack is entered for the chance to
win a 10 day contract for your Golden State Warriors!!!"
Performance of note: Anthony Morrow's effort was the best of the season. He scored 33 points on 12-20 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and went 5-9 from three point range. The Warriors needed Morrow to step up in place of Corey Maggette, who was unavailable after dislocating his left ring finger Sat. Feb 6 against the Thunder, and will not be available against the Clippers Feb 10.