The W’S Get The W In Cleveland. Golden State 95, Cavaliers 85.

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Golden State Basketball


What’s up sports fans? Another sigh of relief for Golden State Warrior fans. After coming off a disappointing loss to the Celtics, Golden State wasn’t going to just walk away and go quietly into the night. The Warriors decided it was redemption time.  That redemption began with Monta Ellis. Mr. Ellis shot 24 pts. 7 rebounds and 7 assists. It was a home coming for Warriors assistant Mark Price, who is one of 7 former players who’s jersey is retired. Once Monta set the tone he was in his rhythm and at that point his team mate David Lee, who knows him, said “When he gets in that rhythm it’s best to, Get out of his way, or set him a screen.”

Combined with Steph Curry’s 23pts. the “W’s” felt they weren’t leaving Quicken Loans Arena empty handed.  “I’m fortunate to be coaching a team that has two players in the backcourt that can shoot the ball from deep, put it on the floor, get to the mid-area and also get to the rim,” Warriors coach Keith Smart said. “That doesn’t happen that often.” Monta hit 17pts. in the third quarter and he was 5 of 5 from 3pt. land. David Lee had a double double night with 14pts. and 14 rebounds. In his second home game since being traded to Cleveland from the Clippers, former Golden State Warrior Baron Davis scored 19pts. The good thing for Golden State fans is that Cleveland’s players are struggling with injuries.

What made things worse for head coach Byron Scott is that J.J. Hickson dislocated his finger. He was trying to receive a pass and his finger got smashed and he left the playing floor in terrible pain.  “I saw his finger pointing east and west,” said coach Scott. “It scared me. When he first ran off the court, I was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me, another one goes down?’ Luckily, he was OK.” Coach Scott was talking about the fact that they had recently loss Antwan Jamison with a hand injury and now Hickson. You could tell how much pain he was in as he winced with pain,  “I didn’t want to start crying in front of 17,000 people.” Hickson said. While Cleveland had their problems the Warriors continued to take advantage of it by having a double digit lead. Golden State’s defense also played a huge part in the game.

The Warriors held Cleveland to just 37% from the floor with 9 steals and 11 block shots. Curry got of to a rough start, but picked it up in the second with 10pts. Still Monta Ellis went on a shooting tare, that allowed Golden State to stay ahead and never look back. Golden State’s largest lead at one time was by 15pts. sparked by Monta’s accurate shooting, “We’re not surprised,” said Curry. “He takes his show on the road a lot. It’s usually acrobatics at the rim, but tonight he was knocking down three’s. He took over the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. He was knocking down a lot of shots. He’s tough to guard.” It was actually hard to believe at one point the Warriors were losing by 12pts. in the first quarter.

All in all it was a good way to rebound from the loss in Boston and the Warriors showed character by not letting the loss get them down. Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


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