Jazz Vs. Warriors: Monta Ellis Concedes The Floor To Stephen Curry, Who Thrashes Utah

The Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis is rarely awful; on Sunday, perhaps to test the depths of the Utah Jazz's epic slide, he submitted himself to crappiness. The result? Two points on 1-9 shooting and ... a 96-81 Golden State win! Yes, the Jazz are in serious trouble, unless ...

Ah yes, Deron Williams missed the game with a strained wrist tendon. While a loss to a middling team whose best player had his worst game in years isn't pretty, that it came without the Jazz's talisman is at least justifiable. Earl Watson started for Williams. Yes, that means Earl Watson and Raja Bell were the starting backcourt for a playoff team in 2011.

Stephen Curry picked up the slack for the Warriors, with 27 points on 10-18 shooting and seven assists. Andris Biedrins, the Warriors' maligned Latvian center, was also abnormally decent, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. For the Jazz, Andrei Kirilenko (6) and Paul Millsap (5) combined for 11 of Utah's 23 assists. Miss you, Deron!

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