Monta Ellis and Warriors Try to Hand the Suns Fifth Consecutive Loss

Patrick HightowerContributor IMarch 18, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 10:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns passes the ball during the NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at US Airways Center on February 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Warriors 112-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Things will not get easier for the Warriors during these final 14 games.

After yet another failure to close out a game in the final minutes Wednesday night against the Mavericks, the Warriors begin a road trip tonight in Phoenix against the offensively efficient, yet slumping Suns.  

When Warriors guard Monta Ellis was asked about the inability to seal the victory against the Mavericks on Wednesday night, Ellis replied—just as any leader would—by saying, "It was tough. We should've had that game. I take the blame. I made some mistakes at the end, turned the ball over and didn't hit the shots I needed to. I also waited too long to get everybody involved at the end of the game."

Ellis finished Wednesday's game with 26 points. He also showed great leadership qualities that can certainly be important for next season by adding 11 assists. He will certainly need to get other Warriors players involved in the offense early if they want to keep up with the fast pace of the Phoenix Suns.

The Warriors (30-38) will attempt to take advantage of the Suns and their recent struggles. One of those struggles has been the health of Suns point guard Steve Nash. Nash has been battling with what has been reported as pelvic instability the last few games. This instability caused Nash to miss two games. He returned Wednesday against the Hornets, but was only able to register eight points and ten assists against the Hornets.

It is also important for Warriors fans to know that although the Suns have defeated the Warriors five times in a row, and the Suns have dominated the Warriors by winning 11 home games in a row against Golden State, the Suns currently are in the middle of a four-game losing streak. The Suns are in 11th place in the Western Conference with a record of 33-33.  

Tonight's game in Phoenix begins at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time