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Ellis learning to take care of the ball

Ellis learning to take care of the ball

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Let's be honest, Warriors guard Monta Ellis was a turnover machine for a while. He had a run where he produced absolutely frightening numbers when it came to taking care of the ball.During a three-week stretch in November and early December, Ellis had an 11-turnover game, two nine-turnover games and a pair of seven-turnover games.John Stockton, he wasn't.But recently, Ellis has been treating the ball with a little more respect, and he's turned it over just eight times in his past four games."We used him a little differently the last game (San Antonio) and I think went more to his strength," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "I think that's helped. But he is also playing at a very high level. I thought he played his best game &8722; both he and (Corey) Maggette &8722; against San Antonio. And that's hard to say because (Ellis) had some great ones."Assistant coach Keith Smart said the Warriors have taken the ball out of Ellis' hands a little bit more and allowed other players to initiate the offense. Smart also said the Warriors are making a conscientious effort to get Ellis the ball on the weak side of the floor, so that when he goes to the bucket he's not driving against a set defense but one that's moving.Against the Spurs, Ellis had just one turnover in 45 minutes."Truthfully, I'm not getting as many crazy charge calls," Ellis said. "If you go back and look at all the turnovers I had it was never just me turning the ball straight over. It was always something with a charge or guys not catching the ball. That's why coach never said anything about it. The majority of them weren't my fault. It was just trying to making basketball plays and it didn't fall the way it was expected to." Nelson said that he wasn't going to use the same starting lineup tonight against the Wizards that he used Wednesday night against the Spurs.But, of course, Nelson wouldn't say the specific change or changes. Against the Spurs, Nelson went with C.J. Watson, Stephen Curry, Ellis, Corey Maggette and Vladimir Radmanovic.Look for Anthony Morrow or Anthony Randolph to be introduced with the starters against Washington.

Kevin Durant likes tweet about player loyalty to NBA franchises

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Kevin Durant likes tweet about player loyalty to NBA franchises

Isaiah Thomas is revered in Boston.

But on Tuesday, the Celtics traded him (along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 draft pick) to the Cavaliers.

The deal took NBA Twitter by storm.

One such tweet:

Why does this matter?

Well, Kevin Durant "liked" it.

Durant took a lot of heat (quite the understatement) for leaving the Thunder to sign with the Warriors.

In fact, people are still very bitter.

At any point while he was under contract with Oklahoma City, the Thunder could have traded Durant if they felt it was the best move for the franchise (unlikely, but that's not the point).

Yet the Finals MVP was viewed as a "traitor" in the eyes of many because he chose a new path that was the best move for him.

He was a free agent and earned the right to take control of his future.

As for Thomas...

Back on April 15, his sister, Chyna, tragically passed away in a car accident.

Somehow, he managed to play the very next day in Game 1 of the Celtics' opening round series against the Bulls.

After Game 4, Thomas praised the franchise.

"[The Celtics have] been really important. I mean, they've been everything. This organization is the best organization there is, from the people who work in the Garden to the players, the coaches, everybody who's a part of the Celtics. They've been supportive. The whole world has, really, so I can't say enough about that."

On May 2 (what would have been Chyna's 23rd birthday) Thomas delivered an epic performance in Boston's Game 2 win over the Wizards in the East semis -- 53 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter and nine in overtime.

But in the end, this is professional sports and the Celtics made a decision that they believe is best for the franchise...

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

Report: Cavs called Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson

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Report: Cavs called Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson

On Tuesday, the Cavs shipped Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.

That happened because on July 7, the point guard requested a trade.

As he looked for a partner, new Cavs GM Koby Altman called the Warriors to discuss Klay Thompson's availability, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

More specifically -- as Spears writes -- Altman called the "uninterested Warriors."

Remember when the Pacers contacted Golden State when they were shopping Paul George?

Klay has two more years on his contract before he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency in July 2019.

He will make $17,826,150 next season and $18,988,725 in 2018-19.

Perhaps teams are thinking that Warriors ownership will look to trade Klay to avoid paying massive luxury tax bills in the future.

[RELATED: Durant rationalizes paycut: 'My money ... I can do what the hell I want with it']

Who knows what will happen over the next two years, but based on what Klay has said recently, he doesn't sound like a guy who wants to leave the Bay Area.

“It’s so much more to being part of a team and being part of something special,” he told Marcus Thompson during the championship parade in June. “You can build a legacy … The thing with basketball these days, there’s a lot of individuality with stats, numbers, who’s the greatest, he’s a better player than him, he put up this many points.

"But Steve (Kerr) helped me a lot with that. He said nobody is going to remember how many points you put up. They are going to remember how many championships you win. This right here is what it’s about."

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