Wednesday , Aug , 27 , 2008 Oly Sandor

How Golden State survives without Monta Ellis

In July, Ellis received a well-deserved pay raise, signing a six-year, $66 million dollar extension with Golden State. The plan was for Ellis to take the starting table-setter reins from Davis, who joined the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent. With the one-spot secure, the Warriors then brought-in Corey Maggette and re-signed Andris Biedris. Ellis, Biedris, Maggette, and Stephen Jackson were dubbed the foundation of a playoff calibre team …

How Golden State survives without Monta EllisBaron Davis is long gone. And now his replacement is gone for three months, too. ESPN is reporting Golden State Warrior Monta Ellis is out until at least November after spraining his right ankle during training in Mississippi.   

Ellis was scheduled to undergo surgery on his left ankle in Alabama on Wednesday, according to team sources, after he informed the club late last week that he had injured himself working out. More specifics about how Ellis sustained the injury were not immediately available. (ESPN)

In July, Ellis received a well-deserved pay raise, signing a six-year, $66 million dollar extension with Golden State. The plan was for Ellis to take the starting table-setter reins from Davis, who joined the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent.

With the one-spot secure, the Warriors then brought-in Corey Maggette and re-signed Andris Biedris. Ellis, Biedris, Maggette, and Stephen Jackson were dubbed the foundation of a playoff calibre team.     

Time for plan B: Marcus Williams. Over the summer, the Warriors acquired the southpaw from the Nets as insurance in case Davis and Ellis both signed elsewhere.

Williams, a former blue-chip prospect, will fill-in for Ellis. New Jersey’s one-time heir apparent for Jason Kidd fell out of favour because of poor conditioning and an apathetic attitude.

He could finally get his opportunity. If focused, he has the talent to hold the fort until Ellis returns and keep Golden State in the playoffs.

No Davis. No Ellis (temporarily). No major problem -if Williams starts fulfilling his potential.

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