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(04-15) 23:03 PDT -- For Warriors coach Don Nelson, the mind-boggling question everyone wants answered is really a no-brainer.
Why didn't he play Baron Davis in the second half of Monday's playoff-elimination game in Phoenix?
"It was real simple," Nelson said by phone Tuesday. "He was having a bad game. He was terrible. He was the worst player on the floor, and I told him to take the second half off. He was 2-for-13, we were down 14 points.
"I said, 'Hey, let's relax and play some young guys.' "
Still, it was a perplexing sight, Davis sitting out the final 24 minutes of a 122-116 loss to Phoenix that officially ended the Warriors' playoff hopes.
Nelson admitted that his point guard wasn't pleased when informed that his night was over at the half, but he insisted there was no friction heading into tonight's season finale - and more importantly, into an offseason highlighted by the uncertain futures of the franchise coach and player.
"There's no problem between Baron and (me)," Nelson said. "He's probably upset because he played terrible."
It isn't clear whether Nelson's explanation satisfied Davis, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Davis, however, did post an entry on his personal blog expressing disappointment over the season's end and about working hard next year to make sure it doesn't happen again.
At the end, he appeared to make a subtle reference to Monday's early exit.
"I hate losing," Davis wrote. "I play this game to win, and it's even harder when I feel like I wasn't able to help my team do that."
Neither coach nor player had been in a talking mood immediately after the loss in Phoenix. "I gave him a much-needed rest" was all Nelson offered when asked about the benching, while Davis muttered an "Ain't your story" to local reporters as he walked out of the visitors' locker room.
Davis' agent, Todd Ramasar, said he and his client wondered why Davis wasn't in the critical game, at the most critical of times, after carrying such a heavy load all season.
"The same questions that you have are the same questions that I have," Ramasar said Tuesday. "Why wasn't Baron on the floor? Was there an injury, argument, questions, whatever? I've asked the same things.
"There was no injury. Nothing was said. It was a coach's decision, which is odd ... with so much that hinged on last night's game. Obviously, (Baron) wanted to be in there playing. He's asking himself why he wasn't in the game. But it was a coach's decision."
Nelson said the benching also would have applied to Stephen Jackson - whom the coach sat in the second quarter after a lousy start - if Jackson hadn't rebounded with a terrific third period.
As for pulling his star players for playing poorly when he hasn't done so all season, Nelson said part of the reason was the game's reduced importance. He believes the Warriors had no realistic chance of making the playoffs even with a win over Phoenix, because the Nuggets still would have to lose to a hapless Memphis team at home tonight.
"We probably had a better chance to get hit with lightning than we had of getting in the playoffs," Nelson said.
Ramasar said he had yet to speak with Nelson or vice president Chris Mullin, but the two sides have much to discuss when they do congregate. Davis can become an unrestricted free agent this summer by opting out of the final year and $17.2 million left on his contract, though Ramasar admitted that was an "unlikely" scenario.
"There's no team that has cap space this offseason to offer what Baron has guaranteed," he said.
Instead, the agent likely will try to reach a contract extension with the Warriors.
Davis is set for a milestone tonight: his 82nd consecutive game, marking the first time since the 2001-02 season he has played a full season, and at 39 minutes per game.
"Right now, he's just focused on finishing up the last game," Ramasar said.
Added Nelson, who plans on starting Davis: "I would like the energy to be there tomorrow and close out the season right."
The bolded parts are the important ones for me............
1 - Why Nellie would just give up like that (it was painfully obvious during the game that he had)..........I just dont understand..........."Never stop fighting till the fight is done!!"
2 - Baron aint going no-where!!! (atleast for nothing in exchange).........as even his agent knows the score that Baron is going to have to take a pretty substantial pay cut to do so.........also, the part where Baron said he was pissed off about hwo the season ended, and that he is going to "work hard to make sure it doesnt happen again NEXT season"
Well, I think that about raps up the questions in the thread then, thanks Chronicla and Reggie for pointing it out.
On the scale, Im an 8.