Whoa Nellie on coach's plans to put Ellis at point
Janny Hu, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Warriors coach Don Nelson's plans to convert Monta Ellis into a point guard are being put on hold.
"We're going to switch the assignments, play him more at the two and Jamal (Crawford) more at the one," Nelson said before Friday's game.
Golden State had divvied up ballhandling duties between Ellis and Crawford in their first game together Wednesday, and the resulting lack of cohesion - and ball movement - helped prompt Nelson's change.
"(Jamal's) more used to what we're doing, and it'll just let Monta be a scorer, come off screens," said Nelson, who has talked about converting Ellis into a point guard for more than a year.
"It's a little different when you have to initiate - that guy's got to move the ball. (Monta's) a shoot-first guy and he's had success doing that. You don't expect he's going to change it."
Ankle alert: For the first time since returning from injuring his left ankle, Ellis had a minor flare-up.
"The ankle got a little stiff at halftime, but he played through it," Nelson said.
Ellis, who was also playing with a sore left knee, insisted after the game that he was feeling fine all around.
i think it's a good move. I had thought one of the benefits of bringing in Crawford was that he is big enough to guard the sg, but can handle the point on offense. however, another part of me believes the season is waste, so why not give ellis all the run he can handle at pg.
fun in one hand and the future in the other.