Thursday, October 28, 2010

Warriors win opener, Ellis ties career high 46

The 2010-11' Warriors added substance to their new look with a win in the season opener against a solid Houston Rockets team. It wasn't pretty, as the W's committed 30 personal fouls and sent Houston to the free throw line 52 times. The Rockets scored 42 of their 128 points from the line, compared to the Warriors 22.

The newest look of this renovated Warriors squad was the rebounding effort. Warriors fans were treated to the mythical occurrence of a Golden State team out-rebounding an opponent, 45 to 39. David Lee notched a double double, going for 17 points, 15 boards, and 6 assists. Andris Biedrins looked like Daniel Tosh, but his game was good. He was aggressive, as he pulled down 11 boards, but he committed careless fouls.

The story of the game was the backcourt, whom TV commentator Jim Barnett called the soul of this team. Steph Curry dropped 25 and 11 on a bad ankle. Monta Ellis tied his career high with 46 points. He did this on 18-24 shooting, 75 percent!

I say it again, Monta Ellis has to make the All-Star team this year. After last season's snubbing, the voters don't have the Don Nelson-no-defense excuse. Keith Smart looks like he wants to move the ball, abandon isolation, rebound, and play a more traditional style of ball.

Aside from Ellis catching fire, the Warriors won the game because they made defense stops and more important, they collected defensive rebounds. The Warrior made sloppy fouls and still managed to win. It's nice to have an elite scorer to shoulder the load.

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