Monta Ellis waits too long -- again


Monta Ellis waits too long -- again

Lets tie up some loose ends from Utahs 88-87 win over theWarriors on Saturday night. Thats five straight losses for the Warriors andtheyre now 2-6.Final play: I thought as usual MontaEllis waited too long to try to do something on a games final possession. The Warriorshad 11 seconds and Ellis dribbled for much of it.RECAP: Monta misses buzzer-beater in Warriors' 88-87 loss to Jazz
He puts himself in a position where he doesnt leavehimself an extra second or two to improvise, which is a big part of his game.Instead, he puts pressure on himself to make something happen quickly andalso without giving himself extra time for a change of direction, hesitation or even a pass to a teammate.Under different circumstances, he did the same thing acouple of times last year against Indiana and Sacramento, but it didnt matterbecause he knocked down shots (both jumpers, not drives like Saturday) withtime expiring.Warriors coach Mark Jackson talked about Utah having a foulto give which it did and that Ellis might have thought the Jazz would foulhim with five seconds or so. And then once Ellis realized they werent going tofoul, he had to go. But Jackson also said he had no issue with theshot.Ellis said the fact Utah had a foul to give meant nothingand didnt affect his decision-making.Bottom line is Ellis, when he winds down the game clock toofar, has to be perfect, because its clear his goal is for the shot to go in asthe buzzer is sounding. But hes got to give his team a chance for an offensiverebound or quick foul after a miss that may leave you with a second or two,down two or three.Or once again, this needs to be stressed, give himself theopportunity to make a pass. After all, didnt I just read a stat about how heshad seven or more assists in a game now for six straight games most sinceBaron Davis did it?Now, yes, that gets us into the area of who do you want himpassing it to with Curry out with the game on the line and thats a biggertopic for another day. Anyway, next time Ellis has to go sooner. Hop before the shot: Yes, Al Jeffersonmight have bunny-hopped on his mid-range jumper with 33 seconds left. Butthats not going to be called, nor should it be. And you know what? If DavidLees tip-in comes before the buzzer the refs probably dont call the over theback, either. Thompson at crunch time: Rookie KlayThompson got some important crunch-time minutes at the expense of DorellWright -- and it didnt work out very well. Thompson, who went 1-for-6 from thefloor, didnt connect with Ellis on what should have been a pretty easytwo-on-one score with just under two minutes left. Then he committed an offensive foul with 1:05 remaining andthe Warriors up two. In other words, two turnovers in the final two minutes. On the bench at the time was Dorell Wright, who has beenshooting terribly, but according to Jackson has been doing otherthings. One of them is not turning the ball over. Wright hasnt beenmaking much of an impact, thats true. But he hasnt been a nuisance onoffense, either. Hes committed a remarkably low two turnovers in 233 minutesthis season. After the game, Jackson offered no regrets about playingThompson down the stretch, saying Thompson played well just made a mistake ortwo when it counted. Lee gets the minutes: David Lee played41-plus minutes against the Jazz, by far more than anyone else on the floor on either team. Monta Ellis, who led the league in minutes coming into the game(39.8 mpg.) played 36 and change. He was the next highest.Nobody on the Jazz played more than 34 minutes. Lee finishedwith 13 points and 15 rebounds, but in the games context those numbers arentimpressive. With one team shooting 39.5 percent (Utah) and the other shooting41.4 percent, there were plenty of rebounds to get.

Redick got 'break-up call,' can't put finger on why Clippers didn't have fun


Redick got 'break-up call,' can't put finger on why Clippers didn't have fun

J.J. Redick no longer plays for the Clippers.

After four seasons in Los Angeles, Redick will suit up for the 76ers next season.

"Going back to the Clippers was honestly just not an option," he explained on The Chronicles of Redick podcast. "I kind of figured last summer when they signed Austin (Rivers) and Jamal (Crawford) back, they basically had guaranteed $25 million in salary for this upcoming season.

"And I knew they weren't gonna really be able to commit financially long-term to having a third shooting guard at a high rate. That's just unrealistic.

"June 29th -- Lawrence Frank was nice enough and professional enough to give me a call. I call it my 'break-up call.' He basically said 'You know, we're not gonna bring you back.'

"But like I said, I have a great relationships there and am very appreciative of my time."

Redick was joined on his inaugural Uninterrupted podcast by Maverick Carter -- LeBron James' business manager.

The two had the following exchange:

Carter: "Win, lose, or draw, you gotta have fun going to work. The worst place a person -- not just an athlete -- if you're not getting up every day and going, 'Oh, I can't wait to get in to work. I'm gonna have some fun today. At least I'm gonna see some people I like.'

"And I think that's important, too. Finding that right fit ... you talked about it on the Clippers -- you guys lost fun. Everyone watching the Clippers could tell that. None of you guys were saying it, but everybody watching the Clippers would go, 'This team isn't having fun. They're a really good team, really talented, a collection of great players. but they're just not having fun.'

"You watch the teams who are having fun -- you watch their bench, you watch how everyone reacts -- anyone who knows sport could watch you guys and go, 'they're not having fun.'"

Redick: "The natural follow-up question to that statement would be: 'Why not? Why are you guys not having fun? You're playing for Doc, you're in LA, you've got talent, you should be having fun.' And at least for the four years that I was there, you try to put your finger on it ... and I could never do that.

"Leaving there, I don't have any ill will towards anyone certainly. Certainly no one to blame or anything like that ... we just couldn't get it done in the postseason."

Perhaps the Clippers weren't having much fun because...

Redick, who turned 33 years old in June, signed a one-year deal with Philly worth $23 million.

He wanted a multi-year deal but didn't get it.

"I wanted stability," Redick explained. "And so the one year with Philly -- I wanted stability more than anything -- and there's all these reports going back to last season saying, 'J.J. wants $16 to $18 (million), and then after the season there was a report in the LA Times from Brad Turner (saying) J.J. wants $18 to $20 (million) a year.'

"First of all, I didn't want any of that. I don't even care. I wanted more years. That was the most important thing to me ... I just wanted to be on a longer deal ... I was more than willing to take less than whatever number was reported."

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

Curry likes response to tweet comparing OJ Simpson hearing to 3-1 lead

Curry likes response to tweet comparing OJ Simpson hearing to 3-1 lead

O.J. Simpson was granted parole just before Noon on Thursday.

In the middle of his hearing, the following tweet surfaced:

About a minute later, a user quote tweeted:

At some point shortly thereafter, Steph Curry hit the "like" button.

A quick history lesson in case you forgot...

- In the 2016 Western Conference Finals, the Warriors overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat the Thunder.
- A couple weeks later, the Warriors became the first team to ever blow a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals
- The Warriors exacted revenge by winning the 2017 NBA Finals in five games

Since capturing his second championship, Curry hasn't stopped having fun... (see video above)

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