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Ellis Not An All-Star; Plays Like One In Win
Posted By Scott Johnston On Feb 4 2011 @ 11:44 am In Golden State Warriors | 1 Comment
For a few weeks, or at least a few games, Monta Ellis hasn’t played at an All-Star level. On the day the All-Star reserves were named, Ellis wasn’t on the list. He then proceeded to play like one in the Warriors 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
In the 4th quarter of a game Golden State desperately needed to win, Ellis was at his best, including a 20-foot jumper to give the Warriors a 96-92 lead with 17 seconds left. From there, he and Stephen Curry calmly hit four free throws to secure a hard fought home win and give G’State there 21st win of the season.
Ellis claims he isn’t too disappointed with his exclusion from the All-Star team, and with players like Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Steve Nash by his side, he certainly is in good company. The league’s 6th leading score says he’s more concerned with trying to get the Warriors into the playoffs. And while that’s a worthy goal, that’s not going to happen either.
No, the important thing is to just win. Win as many games as possible, and turn this organization from a culture of losing into one of winning. That doesn’t happen overnight. That happens when you win and win consistently. The Warriors sit at 21-27 right now, six games under .500. To finish the year at .500 is also probably a little bit of a reach, but it’s a good goal. Even if they don’t reach it, the Warriors are certain to better last year’s win total by a substantial amount.
In 2010, the Warriors finished 26-56. Golden State could surpass that total by the end of the month. Yes, a losing record for the season is still probably, but improvement is most definite. And that begins with Ellis, All-Star or not. This is his team. If the Warriors are ever going to make that switch, it will be with him leading the way.
And if the Warriors start winning more games than they lose, being named to the All-Star team will be an afterthought.
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