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News » Warriors fall to Cleveland Cavaliers 114-108

Warriors fall to Cleveland Cavaliers 114-108

Warriors fall to Cleveland Cavaliers 114-108 CLEVELAND After Tuesday's 114-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Warriors guard Monta Ellis was faced with the same, obvious question. With Stephen Jackson traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, does he see an opening for him to increase his role?

"I told you all," Ellis said after totaling 23 points and eight assists, "I'm not putting any more on my back."

The Warriors are hoping just the opposite. According to team sources, Warriors officials are watching closely to see if Ellis assumes the role as face of the franchise, being the team's highest-paid, and perhaps best, player. How he responds could determine whether he is around for the long term.

Reports surfaced Tuesday about the Warriors actively shopping Ellis on the trade market, and Ellis' agent, Jeff Fried, is set to meet with general manager Larry Riley this week, possibly to talk about a trade.

Ellis said he learned of the meeting Tuesday night and doesn't know what it's about.

"Whatever they're meeting about, they're meeting about," Ellis said. "I'm not feeding into it. ... I've been saying it (since) training camp. What else you want me to do? I play for the Warriors . The Golden State Warriors . And I'm going to continue to do what I do to help Golden State win."

Riley said he talked to Fried about meeting this week because the agent will be in the Bay Area to help promote boxer Andre Ward's upcoming fight. He said it was routine.

Talk has long existed that Ellis is unhappy and wants out. But Riley said any trade discussion is part of a constant effort to improve the team, not to get rid of Ellis.

"Right now, we're business as usual," Riley said. "Is Monta unhappy right now? We're 3-6. He's not a happy guy. We've got a chance to resurrect things here and to push things in the right direction, and that's got to be our focus. Would we trade somebody? Hell, yes. We're 3-6, and I'd be stupid not to look at improving this team."

Make that 3-7, although Tuesday's loss could be a moral victory considering the circumstances. The Warriors had just seven players, including Vladimir Radmanovic, who just joined the team after being acquired from the Bobcats in the Jackson trade. Guard Raja Bell, who also came over in the deal, suited up but did not play, as he has opted to have left-wrist surgery that might end his season.

Still, the Warriors hung around, despite allowing Cleveland to shoot 58.2 percent from the field. Cavaliers forward LeBron James had 31 points and 12 assists.

Golden State trailed 66-55 at halftime and by as much as 15 points midway through the third quarter. But a 3-pointer by guard Anthony Morrow at the 3:03 mark pulled the Warriors to within 107-106.

However, three turnovers down the stretch, two by forward Corey Maggette, doomed the Warriors' upset chances.

"It started off with me," said Maggette, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds. "We had several opportunities to make some good plays and tried to get a win. Overall, I think our team did a decent job."

Ellis had six points and two assists in the fourth quarter but wasn't much of a factor down the stretch. But he didn't complain about his lack of touches, instead speaking glowingly of the Warriors' effort.

The Warriors are looking for that kind of encouraging leadership out of Ellis, sources said. They let guard Baron Davis go and moved Jackson in part to make way for Ellis to shine.

"I think he has to take that role," rookie Stephen Curry said. "He's always a leader in the way he plays, but being more vocal and trying to be patient with young guys and continue to do what he does, but be an example of how we're supposed to play night in and night out. He's doing that right now."

today"s game

Warriors (3-7) at Boston (8-3), 4:30 p.m. CSNBA

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