Was Ellis motivated by Hayward posting up?


Was Ellis motivated by Hayward posting up?

OAKLAND Monta Ellis came into Thursdays game against theJazz in an awful shooting slump, just 12-for-43 from the field (27.9 percent)over the previous three games.Against Utah, he broke out with a 33-point night on13-for-21 shooting from the field, helping the Warriors to a 119-101 victory,their second straight.Who knows what got Ellis going? Hell never tell. Sometimesthe shots go down and sometimes they dont, hell say. Its never anything thedefense does, or so Ellis always will maintain.
But something or someone got Ellis going against Utah,and it just might have been the Jazz trying to run their offense through GordonHayward on the low block, with Ellis guarding him.Hayward is in his just his second season and isnt much of alow-post player. Ellis is a seven-year veteran who has guarded the best in thegame over the years Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, to name a few and he had to be at least a little bit offended how Utah was going about itsbusiness.In the third period, the Jazz fed the Warriors a steady dietof Hayward in the low post, and the result was that Ellis, his defender, had a16-point quarter. Of course, Ellis wouldnt go there with where his motivationcame from.RELATED: Monta Ellis game logs
But backcourt mate Stephen Curry doesnt have to be astight-lipped. So, the question to Curry was this: Do you think it (ticked) offEllis that the Jazz tried to attack him with Hayward?Im sure it does, Curry said. Hes been in the leagueseven years and thats usually a rookie or second-year guy as a target everypossession. Theyre not running the plays they normally run (when postingHayward) to execute their offense. Theyre trying to do something theyre notused to and run it through a wing player down on the block. If we get stops,then theyre going to be out of rhythm. Monta does his job on the block.And Ellis did it on the other end of the floor, too, maybewith a little incentive from Hayward and Utah coach Tyrone Corbin.

Spurs won't have one starter for 2016-17 opener vs Warriors

Spurs won't have one starter for 2016-17 opener vs Warriors

Danny Green has been a reliable starter for Gregg Popovich and the Spurs the last few seasons, but San Antonio won't have his services on Tuesday night in Oakland.

The veteran shooting guard, entering his eighth NBA season, is expected to miss the first three weeks of the season with a left quad strain.

The Spurs made the announcement Friday afternoon.

Green started all 79 games he played in last season and averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest.

The Spurs and Warriors tip-off the 2016-17 season Tuesday night at 7:30pm at Oracle Arena.

Rewind: Despite 6-1 preseason record, Warriors 'still have a ways to go'

Rewind: Despite 6-1 preseason record, Warriors 'still have a ways to go'

OAKLAND – The Warriors, AKA Super Team, closed the preseason Friday night with the same super look exhibited in two previous games, informing the NBA that they are ready for games that matter.

For the third consecutive game, Warriors starters routed those of their opponent, this time blasting Portland starting five 80-56. Taking an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter, the reserves took over and held on for a 107-96 win at Oracle Arena.

It was a fairly simple formula. After playing some sleepy defense early, and falling behind 22-6 less than five minutes after tipoff, Steph Curry snapped awake and began putting the Blazers to sleep.

“They came out firing and we weren’t ready to play,” coach Steve Kerr said of the opening minutes.

But with back-to-back 14-point quarters, Curry almost single-handedly gave the Warriors a 57-56 halftime lead before handing the scoring baton to Kevin Durant.

Putting together a 14-point third quarter of his own, Durant powered a 22-4 run that netted an 86-65 lead with 2:03 left in the third, ending Portland’s night.

“For the most part of in the first half, it was a really good basketball game,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “An understatement is the game got away from us in the third quarter. They got hot.”

On a night when Klay Thompson (9 points, 3-of-13 shooting) never found his shot, Curry and Durant combined for 63 points on 23-of-42 shooting from the field, including 13-of-21 from beyond the arc.

“We’re continuing to build chemistry and flow of where shots are going to come from and everybody (is learning) the little nuances of our offense,” Curry said. “Like when to cut, when to come off the dribble and when to screen for somebody, just based on where you are on the court. Those aren’t set play calls; it’s just organized chaos.”

That’s precisely the way Kerr wants the Warriors to play. Defend ferociously to trigger transition, run at every opportunity, take every open 3-pointer and keep the ball and the bodies moving at all times.

“I thought what changed the game was Andre (Iguodala),” Kerr said. “His stat line may not look like it, but he changed the game with his defense, started getting deflections and playing the passing lanes. I thought he and Draymond (Green) kind of picked up the intensity and got us back in the game.”

That’s the thing about the new-and-improved Warriors. They’re dangerous in a dazzling variety of ways. They use defense to disrupt and speed up the game to their liking, and they have a seemingly relentless supply of offensive weapons – with the 3-point shot being their nuclear dagger.

They made 17 treys, in 43 attempts, on Friday – while holding the Blazers to 8-of-26. Picking up the slack for Thompson was Ian Clark, who came off the bench for 17 points in 18 minutes, including three bombs from deep.

It’s not midseason, or even regular season, but it’s what Kerr and his staff hopes to see beginning with the opener on Tuesday night.

“Going 6-1 and winning the Pacific Division preseason title is a big deal; I don’t know if we’re going to hang a banner,” Kerr said, tongue in cheek. “All in all, things are coming together.

“But we still have a ways to go. We’re not there yet. But we probably shouldn’t be there yet. We’re only a few weeks into this thing. We’ll keep working.”

The Warriors may not be “there yet,” but it’s hard to imagine more preseason action would get them any closer. Bring on the regular season. They’re nothing more to prove in games that are not official.