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Steinmetz: Ellis' New Vibe Here to Stay

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Steinmetz: Ellis' New Vibe Here to Stay

Oct. 16, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

The Warriors' player I'vebeen asked most about this preseason has been Monta Ellis. It seemslike fans want to know whether Ellis' positive outlook is for real andwhether it's possible for the good vibe to go long-term.I've got to say - after observing him for the past three weeks andtalking to him a few times - I think this is the real Ellis and thathis upbeat ways will continue.Now, that doesn't mean Ellis isn't going to get a little down if theWarriors go through some hard times or that frustration won'toccasionally bubble up to the surface.But it's obvious Ellis is not the same person he was a year ago. Thesedays, Ellis is vocal and animated. He gets to practice early andwillingly encourages teammates. Last year he was more aloof, more onthe periphery.Ellis talks a lot about how his marriage and his 16-month old son haveimpacted his life. During a sit-down interview with Ellis - to be airedas part of the 2010-11 Warriors Preview show on Comcast SportsNet BayArea on Tuesday night - I asked him about his wedding day."When I said "I do,"" Ellis said. "It was a different feeling, like acleansing to me. Like I was a new man, and everything was positivebecause I had everything going in the right direction."Ellis seemed detached last season. Even though he was putting up bignumbers, he just didn't seem to be all that into it. And it was rightfrom the get-go, when he said on Day 1 of training camp that hecouldn't play alongside then-rookie Stephen Curry.It continued thoughout, with Ellis sometimes sitting alone at the endof the bench, by himself, while the rest of his teammates huddled. Orwhen only he and Corey Maggette would work out together while many ofhis teammates were at another bucket.Yes, there were the trick shots, the over-the-shoulder tosses thatbrought some degree of levity. And yet those impressive, crazy shotssometimes brought along criticism that he should be working on theareas of weakness in his game.Hard to believe but this is Ellis' sixth season in the league, and he'sstill not even 25. But there's every indication that this will be thefirst time that Ellis is wise beyond his years.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

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Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.