Ellis stays home because of a continuing illness

LOS ANGELES — Warriors guard Monta Ellis did not play Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers because of flu-like symptoms.

Ellis, who didn't make the trip to Los Angeles, has missed 12 of the last 32 games after playing in all of the first 41. Ellis has been sidelined by ankle, knee and back injuries, as well as illness.

He averaged 41 minutes in those first 41 games.

"No wonder he's breaking down, having these nagging injuries and getting sick," said forward Anthony Tolliver, who at 30.6 minutes per game said he has a new perspective on NBA minutes. "The human body can only take so much. He's been such a soldier all year, playing so many minutes, leading the league in 48-minute games. It's amazing he's held on this long."

Ellis had been sick all week. He saw the doctor Wednesday because he felt terrible. Then he scored 21 points, had eight assists and six rebounds in 39 minutes during a win over Memphis.

Against Dallas on Saturday, he played just 27 minutes, his fewest since Jan. 22 against New Jersey. He checked out of the game against the Mavericks with 7:05 left in the third and never returned. At the urging of trainer Tom Abdenour, Elis headed to the locker room, where he was checked ruled out for Sunday's game and sent home.

He is listed as day-to-day. Today is an off-day for the team. How he recovers will determine whether Ellis practices Tuesday and plays Wednesday at Utah.


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Ellis' minutes have been scaled back a bit this month. In February and March (16 games total), he's averaging 39.5 minutes per game.

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