Monta Ellis Lives! He'll Play Friday

You can find more bright notes in John Cage's 4'33" than at Oracle Arena this season. The Warriors, who almost won 50 games last season, have been dreadful, with home losses over the past couple weeks to the Kings and the Thunder. (I'm not aware of any other team that can make the same claim this season. OKC and Sacramento are a combined 6-35 on the road.)

But salvation has arrived in the diminuitive form of one Monta Ellis, beginning Friday.

From, passed on by a tortured GSoM: has just learned from our contacts with the Warriors PR staff that Monta Ellis' long road back from his offseason ankle injury will soon be complete, as the fourth-year guard will make his 2008-09 season debut tomorrow night when the Warriors host the Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena.

"I'm really happy, excited and looking forward to tomorrow," said Ellis. "We decided as a group today after practice that Friday's game would be a good situation for me.

The best news for Golden State fans might be that whatever lingering resentment existed between the Warriors and Monta's folks regarding the hefty fine levied after Ellis' summer moped accident has been resolved, or dissolved. No trade demands, in other words.

In a real sense, Ellis might be more of a bright flashing light of distraction than a bright note. Golden State is about league average on offense, and beyond dead last in defense. Ellis is an offensive beast ... and completely undersized for defensive purposes. Good luck, chums.

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