Did Ellis wait too long again? He says 'No'


Did Ellis wait too long again? He says 'No'

OAKLAND -- For the second game in a row, Warriors guardMonta Ellis found himself with the ball in his hands and the game on theline.The Warriors and Miami Heat were tied 96-96, with 14 secondsleft on Tuesday night, and Ellis had the ball at the top of the floor withShane Battier on him. Ellis wound down the clock and then started to make hismove as the game clock dwindled.
Ellis tried to go right, was cut off and then, afterredirection, raised up to take what could have been a game-winning shot. OnlyLeBron James helped out Battier and contested Ellis' shot.With no way to even squeeze off a shot, Ellis threw a passto Dorell Wright. But the game clock expired well before Wright could evenattempt a shot, and the Warriors and Heat went into overtime. The Warriors, wenow know, won the game in overtime, and so the fact that Golden State onceagain mismanaged the final seconds of a close game got a little lost in theshuffle.REWIND: Warriors rally to top Heat in OT, 111-106
On Saturday night in an 88-87 loss to Utah, Ellis had theball in a similar situation except with the Warriors down one. That night,Ellis dribbled out lots of the game clock, then missed a floater as the buzzersounded.David Lee tipped in the miss but it came after thebuzzer.After the Warriors 111-106 overtime win against the Heat, Ihad a brief conversation with Ellis about the last possession ofregulation.Question: What happened on the lastpossession of regulation?Monta Ellis: I aint got nothing to sayabout that. We came out with a win. It is what it is.Question: Do you think the next time youlltry to go a little earlier?Monta Ellis: Oh, no. In that situation,we wont go early. We want to take the last shot. Game was tied up. Worst thingwas that the game would have gone into overtime. If we were down one, I wouldhave gone earlier, but I was going to take the last shot.Question: But dont you have to goearlier so that if make a pass that guy has time to take a shot?Monta Ellis: No.

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern


Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.