Was Ellis motivated by Hayward posting up?

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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.

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

Report: Warriors GM Bob Myers was Lakers' No. 1 target

On Tuesday morning, the Lakers made sweeping changes to their front office.

Magic Johnson is now the president of basketball operations and both general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired.

Los Angeles -- looking to hire a new GM -- originally targeted Warriors GM Bob Myers, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

But as Wojnarowski reports: "After Myers signed a recent contract extension, it became clear to Lakers brass that it would be unable to lure Myers."

In September, the Warriors promoted Myers from general manager to president of basketball operations/general manager.

Myers was named the NBA Executive of the Year following the 2014-15 season.

After playing in D-League All-Star Game, Briante Weber recalled to Warriors

After playing in D-League All-Star Game, Briante Weber recalled to Warriors

The Warriors recalled guard Brianté Weber from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.

Weber was assigned to Santa Cruz to allow him to participate in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday in New Orleans, where he tallied four points, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes for the West squad.

Weber, who signed his second 10-day contract with the Warriors on Feb. 14, has appeared in five games with Golden State this season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.0 assist in 8.2 minutes.

Prior to joining Golden State, the 6’2”, 165-pound guard appeared in 31 games (all starts) this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.26 steals in 36.8 minutes and garnering NBA D-League Player of the Month honors in January.

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