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Monta Ellis Will Play Against Knicks, Dan Gadzuric Out

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Here’s the latest from Marcus Thompson via Twitter:

Ellis is shooting on the court right now. His J looks to be working. And he’s smiling. Not doing any running though Monta Ellis said he is planning on playing tonight. Keith Smart said it is up to him

Perhaps this comic from Golden State of Mind makes all the more sense regarding Monta.

Monta Ellis is in the lineup, definitely.

Warriors starters: Curry, Ellis, D. Wright, Lee, Biedrins. Dan Gadzuric is out with a mid-back strain.

Ellis’s job on defense will be to check the rookie guard out of Stanford, Landry Fields. Coach Mike D’Antoni is really high on him. Chris Sheridan of ESPN New York has more.

Fields won the Knicks’ starting spot at shooting guard when coach Mike D’Antoni decided Wilson Chandler would be better utilized to provide some scoring punch off the bench, and Fields has played well through the Knicks’ first six games. Heading into Tuesday night’s game at Milwaukee, Fields was averaging 8.7 points (seventh among rookies), 5.5 rebounds (sixth among rookies) and shooting 56 percent (third among rookies). In 150 total minutes, he has committed only 11 fouls and just three turnovers.

“He’s not making mistakes, he’s an efficient shooter and player, doesn’t turn the ball over,” D’Antoni said. "When you have guys who are going to score, Amare [Stoudemire] and those guys, you need someone who’s efficient.

But how will he handle one of the top five two-guard scorers in the NBA? Fields has his hands full tonight, even if Ellis isn’t at 100%.