When you’re the GM of a smaller market, you have to take some bigger risks. And when those gambles don’t work out, you can’t just buy your way out of the situation.
Which brings us to Milwaukee, which for the past few seasons had tried a Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings backcourt. Which went together about as well as toothpaste and orange juice.
It was pretty obvious both players were unhappy and now both have moved on — Ellis bolted for Dallas as a free agent, while Jennings was traded to Detroit this summer. Now at his introductory press conference in Dallas Ellis tells us that he was not happy… shocking, I know. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the quote:
“When you’re in a place where you’re unhappy, it’s very hard to perform to your best ability,” said Ellis, declining to discuss his time with the Bucks in more detail by saying he “left it in Milwaukee.”
Now he gets to share the backcourt with Jose Calderon, which should be a better fit, but Dirk Nowitzki is there and healthy and the Mavericks are his team. He gets the most touches.
Ellis said he looks forward to being Dirk’s sidekick and scoring 25 points a game. I would be shocked — shocked I tell you — if that doesn’t go perfectly smoothly. It’s all going to be rainbows and puppy dogs
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.