Saturday, March 5, 2011

Warriors comeback falls short in Boston

Monta Ellis was himself again last night and nearly led the Warriors to what would have been one of the biggest upsets of the regular season. Ellis scored 41 points and David Lee added 26 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

The Warriors, like most NBA teams, play with more urgency against elite teams and take nights off against poor to medium teams. The Warriors out-rebounded the Celtics 39-28, but let the T'Wolves, Hawks, and Pacers push them around. It's frustrating to see the Warriors get outworked by mediocre teams when they show the potential to stay with (and sometimes beat) top teams. Thanks to Ellis' hot hand, they had a chance in Boston and back in February, they beat the Bulls at Oracle Arena.

Keith Smart has to find ways to get this team to play with "Celtics game" intensity, even if they play the T'Wolves or Wizards.

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