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

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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.

Kerr clarifies Cousins' lack of NBA All-Star Game minutes

Kerr clarifies Cousins' lack of NBA All-Star Game minutes

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that the limited minutes allotted to former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in the All-Star Game Sunday was unrelated to a pending trade.

Cousins played only two minutes -- the shortest stint by any All-Star since Connie Hawkins in 1971 -- because that was the big man’s wish.

“I asked every guy before the game started how much they wanted to play,” said Kerr, who coached the Western Conference All-Stars for the second time in three seasons. “He told me he wanted to play two minutes. He was serious. He said he was banged up. It had nothing to do with (a trade).”

After six-plus seasons in Sacramento, Cousins was traded to New Orleans shortly after the All-Star Game, with the official announcement coming Monday.

Kerr initially thought Cousins was requesting to be limited to two minutes per half. When Kerr and assistant coach Mike Brown conveyed that plan, Cousins was quick to clarify.

“He said, ‘No, no: two minutes total,’” Kerr recalled.

When Kerr pointed out that Cousins actually played two minutes, 24 seconds, the newest Pelican flashed a sense of humor.

“I went over? By 24 seconds?” Cousins said. “That should be a fine for you, coach.”

Warriors big men Pachulia, West close to return

Warriors big men Pachulia, West close to return

OAKLAND -- The Warriors reconvened Wednesday and received good news, going through a light scrimmage that for the first time in weeks included centers Zaza Pachulia and David West.

The better news for the Warriors is that both were upgraded to questionable and could return as soon as Thursday night, when they face the Clippers at Oracle Arena.

“I would say there’s a good chance both of them would play tomorrow,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ll see.”

Pachulia has missed the last eight games after straining his right rotator cuff on Jan. 29 at Portland.

“The pain is gone,” Pachulia told CSNBayArea.com. “I can’t say I’ll be cleared, but there is no more pain.”

Pachulia is expected to reclaim his starting role despite Kerr’s acknowledging that JaVale McGee has been “fantastic” while starting the last eight games.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Kerr said. “I’ve got to make that decision. I want to make sure first that (Pachulia) is healthy. And it depends, too, on what happens with David. Is David healthy? Are they both playing? There’s kind of a domino effect on all of this stuff.

“I would anticipate that, ultimately, Zaza will be back starting. I liked that whole rotation. JaVale has helped us dramatically, and he’ll be playing a role. It’s a center-by-committee situation. But right away, we’ll see how we play it.”

West has missed the last 14 games with a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb, sustained Jan. 18 against Oklahoma City.

West was to undergo an X-ray late Wednesday, after which it was anticipated he would receive a clean slate.

The only players that did not scrimmage are All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. All four were given an extra day off in the wake of their participation in All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

“Just being in New Orleans for those four days, there’s no rest whatsoever,” Kerr said. “Those are the guys who played the most minutes. The All-Star break is such a great time to recharge.”