Monta Scores 37 As Golden State Fastbreaks Pass Washington, Warriors 114-Wizards 100

Posted: April 2, 2011 in Golden State Basketball


What’s up sports fans? It was Golden State vs. Washington again, and once again it was Monta Ellis who came up big. Mr. Ellis scored 37pts. and had 13 assists which made watching Golden State fun for the fans at Oracle Arena. It was a game that didn’t have anything at stake, both teams won’t be going to the playoffs, and you could look back at both teams seasons and tell both franchises are in rebuilding mode. Regardless if they didn’t have anything to play for or not, try telling that to Monta Ellis, “This is our job. We’re pros. Our season is not over with yet,” Ellis said. “We still have eight more games, just go out there and see how many we could win and finish it off strong.”

Well when you look at the game against Toronto a couple of nights ago, you can tell this team has something to play for. Most of the Warriors games were close games, and some of the teams that should’ve ran them off the floor they either beat or the game was decided by just a few points. I’m talking about games like the match against Boston, Orlando, these are just two examples.  In Boston it was a game they could’ve won, the game against Orlando they did win, so this team is a competitive team and against Washington they showed that. David Lee carved out another double double with 33pts. and 12 rebounds, Dorrell Wright had 19pts., but Monta’s production is what  made Golden State head coach Keith Smart happy, “I think this young man here is committed to turning this franchise around,”  Smart said. “I really believe he is doing everything he can to put us in the right position with his play, particularly here at home, to move us in the right direction.”

JaVale McGee scored a career high 28pts. and had 18 rebounds, a double double night for him. Maurice Evans had 23pts. in the losing effort. The Wizards have lost 10 of their last 11 and unfortunately have lost 4 in a row. “We’re not good enough,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. “That can be frustrating. But that’s like if I run you in a race I’m going to probably beat you all 10 times because you’re not as fast as me,” Saunders joked. “Same thing right now. We’re just young and not as talented as the teams we’re playing.” The Warriors can appreciate where he’s coming from, they know it all to well. Four years ago when the Warriors went to the playoffs everyone knew then what they know now, and that is in the NBA it’s now or never, you have to learn to seize the moment, because if you don’t you could end up in a position and be so far down in the league you’ll never regain what’s called in this league successful consciousness.

This game really didn’t have any defense, both teams just traded baskets until the Warriors just used what they had, a team on the road and I’m sure fatigue started to set in during the fourth quarter. Othyus Jeffers tried to score and was denied by Ekpe U’doh, and he has in my opinion lived up to his defensive billing. Monta Ellis did a shot that I’m sure the people at NASA are trying to figure out how he stayed in the air that long. It was a to the basket 360 turn around lay up that left Maurice Evans standing underneath him with his mouth open, “I was definitely shocked,” Evans said. “If I would have known he was going to do all that, I would have fouled him. But he made a great athletic play. It was an incredible play.”

Wizards lost Nick Young in the second period with a sore left knee, and Golden State just exploited that piece of information having everyone shoot the ball. Golden State has some issues with injuries as well. Andris Biedrins is out with a severely sprained ankle, Acie Law is out for the rest of the season, due to his hand which will need surgery. This game will give Golden State something to use for next season, or will it? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!


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