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|Ellis' back injury "looks like a short-term thing"
The Warriors got about the best news they could have hoped for Tuesday, when they were able to list Monta Ellis as day-to-day after the results from X-rays and a CT scan of his lower back showed only a strain.
"When you endure that kind of torque on your back, you know there is going to be some soreness and stiffness," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. "Muscles spasms are a part of it, but, overall, we're thankful that it looks more like a short-term than a long-term thing."
That didn't stop the hours of anxiety overnight as the status of their best player was undetermined after a scary fall in the fourth quarter of Monday's win at Toronto.
Ellis didn't move for nearly two minutes after taking an awkward fall on a layup attempt with 1:22 remaining. Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan met Ellis at the rim, sending the guard to an off-balanced landing. His leg buckled when he hit the floor, causing a harsh jolt to his back.
"We see him go down an awful lot," Riley said. "He goes hard to the basket and takes some hits, but he always gets up. When he doesn't get up, it begins to really concern you."
Riley, like many of the Warriors, didn't initially realize Ellis remained on the floor. The action raced to the other end, where Sonny Weems scored on power-play layup.
"I just figured Monta would pop back up, and I took my eyes off him," Riley said. "When I looked back down there, and he was still on the floor, it got me really worried. When he stayed down as long as he did, that really sent some shivers up my spine."
Ellis was in such tremendous pain that the doctors took him to the Raptors' locker room, which was closer to the court than the Warriors'. He stayed in Toronto on Monday night for further evaluation, but was able to rejoin his teammates in New York on Tuesday.
The league's leading scorer, who also ranks in the top five in minutes and steals, could miss the final three games of the road trip, including Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
"I didn't sleep much, though we were getting word that things were looking OK," Riley said. "It was still on my mind to the point that I couldn't fall asleep. What a relief it was that nothing showed up on those tests.
"Now, we can focus on how quickly he can recover and get back out there and play like Monta Ellis again."