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Monta drops 37 on Wizards in 114-104 W's win

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Monta drops 37 on Wizards in 114-104 W's win

March 27, 2011BOXSCORE WARRIORSVIDEONBAPAGE NBASCOREBOARD
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even though it has been a formality for weeks, the Golden State Warriors were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday.Apparently nobody told Monta Ellis.Ellis had 37 points and a career-high 13 assists in one of his most complete games of an already spectacular season, leading the Warriors past the road-weary Washington Wizards, 114-104."This is our job. We're pros. Our season is not over with yet," Ellis said. "We still have eight more games, just go out there and see how many we could win and finish it off strong."The Warriors (32-42) have already won six more games than they did last season, and Ellis seems intent on making that number climb even higher. He played the entire game, added seven rebounds and was 14 for 24 shooting.David Lee had a season-high 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Dorell Wright added 19 points to help the Warriors to their second straight victory. Ellis was three rebounds shy of his first career triple-double entering the fourth quarter and never came closer."I think this young man here is committed to turning this franchise around," Golden State coach Keith Smart said. "I really believe he is doing everything he can to put us in the right position with his play, particularly here at home, to move us in the right direction."Washington continued its season-long slide away from the nation's capital.JaVale McGee had a career-high 28 points and tied his career best with 18 rebounds, and Maurice Evans scored 23 points for the Wizards, who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11 games. They also dropped to 1-35 on the road this season."We're not good enough," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said."That can be frustrating. But that's like if I run you in a race I'm going to probably beat you all 10 times because you're not as fast as me," Saunders joked. "Same thing right now. We're just young and not as talented as the teams we're playing."About the only thing either team is still playing for is pride.Both are already assured of missing the playoffs - the Warriors were officially eliminated when Memphis beat San Antonio earlier Sunday, and the Wizards (17-55) are closer to the league's worst record than anything resembling the postseason - so there wouldn't seem to be a ton of motivation left.Not that it showed.The teams were in a constant sprint from the outset and traded baskets with little regard for defense. The Wizards, whose only road victory came at Cleveland on Feb. 13, had a rare night when they were competitive on the road.For a half, anyway.Then everything unraveled - as it always seems to away from home for the Wizards - after the break, and it didn't help that starter Nick Young had to sit out the second half with a sore left knee, which the team said will sideline Young on Monday night at Utah. The Warriors started the third quarter on a 19-8 run that was capped by their most stunning series.Ekpe Udoh swatted a shot by Othyus Jeffers off the backboard, and Ellis sprinted up court to lead the fast break. He dished the ball to Lee for a dunk and the foul over No. 1 overall pick John Wall, and Saunders added to his team's misfortunes with a technical foul for arguing.A few plays later, Ellis added to his acrobatic night with a complete back-to-the-basket spin in the air and finished with a reverse layup over Evans that brought fans to their feet and helped Golden State go ahead by 11 points."I was definitely shocked," Evans said. "If I would have known he was going to do all that, I would have fouled him. But he made a great athletic play. It was an incredible play."Although the Wizards came within a point early in the fourth quarter, they were never able to tie the score or sustain any type of momentum. The Warriors quickly went back ahead by double digits and cruised to the victory.NOTES: Warriors C Andris Biedrins missed his sixth straight game with a severely sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out at least another two games. ... Washington F Trevor Booker did not play after injuring his right foot in a loss at Denver on Friday. Saunders said he wasn't sure how long the injury could sideline Booker but would not rule him out for the season just yet. ... The Warriors recalled G Jeremy Lin from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. He will rejoin the team at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

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49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

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Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.