In case you don’t follow Marcus Thompson (or Feltbot) on Twitter, the news is in: Monta Ellis was seen shooting before the game, and is apparently playing against the Knicks. (Nod to rggblog for the heads-up.)
The Warriors are +3.5 road dogs. I’m worried about all sorts of sub-themes in this game. The Knicks are going to want this one bad. Stoudemire will want to prove his worth against Lee. Turiaf and Randolph will want to make the Warriors weep with regret. Monta Ellis may be tentative, one game after Keith Smart appeared to see the light for good regarding his motion offense. If Ellis struggles, Smart might fall back into the trap of taking the ball out of Curry’s hands.
But I don’t play hunches in sports. That’s not my method. My method is to attack lines that I know to be bad, for as long as they remain bad. The Warriors Bet is now 2-1, and remains ON.
All eyes will be on Lee v. Stoudemire. If I were Keith Smart, I would cross-match Biedrins onto the Man-Child, and let Lee deal with the Mozgov. Whatever that is.
And I would get Lee the damn ball early and often, in the pick and roll.