Monta struggles in Warriors' loss to Bobcats

January 15, 2012, 2:29 am
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The Warriors four-game road trip got off to an awful start on Saturday as they dropped a game to the Charlotte Bobcats that they were never in. The Bobcats scored 38 points in the first quarter, taking a 15-point lead and pretty much rolled from there.Bobcats 112, Warriors 100

Star of the game: Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson had a season-high 26 points, going 9-for-17 from the floor and 8-for-12 from the foul line.
Key stretch: The Warriors actually got off to a nice start in this one, taking a 10-3 lead just three minutes into the game. But it was downhill for the remainder of the quarter, as Charlotte outscored the Warriors 35-15 for the remainder of the period.We didnt show up, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. And as a coach, thats on me. Our guys didnt come ready to play. They thought it would be easy. We didnt work. Im embarrassed as a coach. This type of effort cannot be accepted.

Defense rests: All things considered, the Warriors may have played their worst defensive half of the season, falling behind 66-46 at halftime to the Bobcats. The Warriors allowed Charlotte to shoot 56 percent from the floor and forced only four turnovers through 24 minutes.The 36 points Charlotte scored in the first quarter were a season-high for the Bobcats and a season-high for points in a quarter against the Warriors.This is the first time Ive been embarrassed watching our performance, Jackson said. Our effort cannot and will not be tolerated.Ellis struggles: Monta Ellis suffered through his worst shooting night of the season, going 6-for-26 from the floor and finishing with 18 points.Curry shooting for Tuesday: Warriors guard Stephen Curry said Saturday that his right ankle has been responding well and he hopes to return to action on Tuesday when the Warriors play at Cleveland.Very close, Curry said, when asked about his status on the Warriors-Bobcats game telecast on CSN Bay Area. I went out earlier, made some cuts and it responded well. Hopefully in the next couple of days we can keep the intensity up and it looks like Tuesday would be a nice day to come back at Cleveland.Curry has sprained the ankle three times this season, the last time coming on Jan. 4 at San Antonio. If Curry does return against the Cavaliers, it will mean he will have missed seven games before returning.