UPDATE 3/2 9:26 am:
To get some help, the Warriors have signed
the D-League’s leading scorer, Reggie Williams, to a 10-day contract. Williams is averaging 26.4 points per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. What has held him back is not his offense but his defense, or lack of it. That should not be a problem with the Warriors, who don’t bother much with that end of the court, either (ranked 24th in the league in points allowed per possession).
3/1 5:41 pm: According to the Associated Press, the Golden State Warriors are saying that Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins will miss the team’s upcoming road trip.
Biedrins is out indefinitely with a sports hernia. According to the article, he is scheduled to see a specialist. This marks just another setback in a long season for Biedrins, who has struggled with injuries and has seen his free throw shooting go from a weakness to a crippling issue.
What will be interesting to see is how the team performs without Ellis. Ellis is the league’s 6th-leading scorer, but his shooting percentages have been low. He’s also what you may call passing-adverse. During the brief periods Ellis has been off the floor for the Warriors, the Warriors have played much, much better
than they have with him on the floor.
Of course, Ellis plays nearly every minute of every game for one of the league’s worst teams, which can skew +/-. How the Warriors perform without Ellis over the course of full games will be an interesting case study.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.