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Ellis, Biedrins to miss road trip

Mar 2, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

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UPDATE 3/2 9:26 am: To get some help, the Warriors have signed the D-League’s leading scorer, Reggie Williams, to a 10-day contract. Williams is averaging 26.4 points per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. What has held him back is not his offense but his defense, or lack of it. That should not be a problem with the Warriors, who don’t bother much with that end of the court, either (ranked 24th in the league in points allowed per possession).

3/1 5:41 pm: According to the Associated Press, the Golden State Warriors are saying that Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins will miss the team’s upcoming road trip. 

Biedrins is out indefinitely with a sports hernia. According to the article, he is scheduled to see a specialist. This marks just another setback in a long season for Biedrins, who has struggled with injuries and has seen his free throw shooting go from a weakness to a crippling issue.
What will be interesting to see is how the team performs without Ellis. Ellis is the league’s 6th-leading scorer, but his shooting percentages have been low. He’s also what you may call passing-adverse. During the brief periods Ellis has been off the floor for the Warriors, the Warriors have played much, much better than they have with him on the floor. 
Of course, Ellis plays nearly every minute of every game for one of the league’s worst teams, which can skew +/-. How the Warriors perform without Ellis over the course of full games will be an interesting case study. 
  1. j.d.hastings - Mar 1, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Ellis was sublime when Don Nelson went out at the end of November/ beginning of December. At that point he really was their only hope at winning any game. However, since that point their team has changed radically through injuries, signing D-Leaguers and other players stepping up. And Ellis was unable to maintain that sublimity for very long. However, he HAS managed to maintain his usage rates as his efficiency has dipped. This prevents the players who’ve earned more usage from getting it and throws the whole team out of whack. But I don’t think its because Ellis is selfish per se, as much as he did not notice the shift in effectiveness as it occured and simply slid into a new paradigm as a high usage, low efficiency player. Its kind of sad and shows the danger of playing on a crappy team.

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