Friday , Feb , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Chris Webber and Golden State Up to Old Tricks


Where ‘He’s Baaaaack’ happens, according to the scoreboard at Oracle Arena. Chris Webber returned to Golden State Warriors Thursday night. And that’s pretty much all you can say about it. He returned. He played about one-fourth of the game, made minimal impact. He matched the old Golden State jersey number the Warriors gave him with four points. He had two assists and one rebound while playing 12 ½ minutes in Golden State’s 114-108 loss to a Chicago Bulls team without three of its top four scorers. ‘I wouldn’t look at Chris Webber’s numbers,’ Warriors coach Don Nelson had warned beforehand.

‘I don’t think they’re going to show you anything.’ True, Webber’s numbers don’t show how Monta Ellis missed a layup after Webber gave him a nice pass from the high post. Webber’s numbers don’t show how the Warriors missed their first seven 3-pointers and 21 of 28 3-pointers overall. They don’t reflect Chicago’s Chris Duhon breaking off a career-high 34 points. They don’t show how Webber’s one-on-one defense wasn’t really put to the test because he guarded Ben Wallace, who isn’t exactly Chicago’s first option, or how Webber was slow to come off screens. Click here for more from ESPN.com.