By Craig Kwasniewski
Not to rain on the parade of Monta Ellis after dropping a career-high 39 spot on New Jersey and leading the Golden State Warriors to a 121-119 win over New Jersey, but I will.
With a wry smile...
Not because the 39 points that came at home against a below average team from the weak-ass Eastern Conference. Not because he rested on defense against a Jason Kidd that simply doesn't shoot the rock anymore. And definitely not because New Jersey, in the midst of a 7-game losing streak, simply doesn't play defense nor do they have a legitimate big man to guard the hoop.
It's none of that at all... 39 points in the NBA is impressive no matter what the situation is. I won't take that away from Monta... big ups to the little guy!
What's amazing (not ironic, but more coincidental) about the career-high 39 is that
Choke-A Monta Ellis scored the exact same 39 points in the ENTIRE Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz last season.
Yep, 39 points in a 5-game series against Utah or more specifically 7.8 ppg., far less than the 16.8 ppg. he averaged last season. Hey, but he did have more assists in that 5-game series than he did tonight... a whopping 3 to 2. So Golden State fans, if you want to crown Monta... crown him. He is what we thought he was... a regular season baller!
So let's put a nice big "*" right next to Monta Ellis' career-high 39 points* (Just like that!). And do this...
* - in the regular season which equals the total points he scored in the 5-game 2007 Western Conference Semifinals