The Other Side: Golden State Warriors
This is a game that some team is going to have to win. The Wizards have lost six in a row, and the Golden State Warriors have lost four in a row and eight of nine overall. The Warriors are also limited at depth with just nine healthy players. They recently lost Mikki Moore to a heel injury and had to start the off-target Vladimir Radmanovic at center in a 103-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
1. Don Nelson is back after missing five of the past six games because of pneumonia. Nelson returned for the Warriors' loss to San Antonio. His top assistant, Keith Smart, led the team to a 1-4 record on their latest five-game road trip. Nelson was diagnosed with pneumonia on Nov. 23, and Cam Inman thought it was an excellent escape strategy.
2. Monta Ellis has developed into the face of the Warriors. After starting the season bickering with Nelson, Ellis has seen his role expand after the team dealt Stephen Jackson to Charlotte last month. He's averaging career-highs in points (24.4) and assists (5.0). Ellis has scored at least 30 points in three straight games, the first Warrior to accomplish that since . . . Antawn Jamison. Could Ellis be a bigger Allen Iverson?
3. The Warriors appear willing to trade promising second-year forward Anthony Randolph, who seemed untouchable nearly a month ago.
Randolph's agent says that he is opposed to getting moved, although some rival executives contend that the Warriors won't move him.
December 18, 2009; 5:54 PM ET
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