LOS ANGELES — Warriors guard Monta Ellis will not play tonight.
He was not at Friday's practice, held at USC, and there's still no timetable for his return. Provided he doesn't surprise the team and show up for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center, Ellis will have missed seven straight games with the flu.
With the Warriors having just four games remaining, it makes one wonder whether Ellis should bother returning at all. His coach, though, said he'd like Ellis back.
"Sure," Don Nelson said. "When he's feeling better, if he's able to play, he should come back and play. If he's not well, I wouldn't want anybody to play if he's not well."
Nelson said he doesn't question whether Ellis is ill. Those who have seen the star guard said he looks really ill. Forward Corey Maggette said Ellis was playing ill for two weeks before he left the blowout loss to Dallas early on March 27. The Warriors had blood work done on Ellis to see if it was more than the flu.
Ellis, second in the NBA in minutes per game (41.2), has also endured a rash of nagging injuries that has caused him to miss 10 other games, all since late January.
But Nelson said he isn't concerned about Ellis coming back and getting reinjured.
"He'd have all summer to heal if he did get hurt," Nelson said. "But I wouldn't anticipate anything negative happening. It would be good to have him."
The only other NBA players to have such a line were Micheal Ray Richardson and Chris Paul. New Jersey's Richardson had 27 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds and seven steals against Philadelphia on April 10, 1985. New Orleans' Paul had 27 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and seven steals against the 76ers on Jan. 26, 2009.
Does that lock up NBA Rookie of the Year for Curry?
"I don't think about that," he said. "After the game, you look at (the stats) and you think, 'that's pretty cool.' But I'm not thinking about winning an award. If it happens, it happens."