Night in and night out Curry and Monta always seem to put up big numbers. But it is hard to tell if they really have any playing chemistry going between them. Curry seems get excited and lead the team on exciting runs, while Monta seems to be not as enthused about what is going on around him, although he has always had a quiet demeanor, and his lack of expression may not mean anything at all. The only way that the two of them are going to be able to build chemistry, is if Monta settles for second fiddle. Now that doesn't mean that he has to not be the main scorer, that just means he needs to let Curry create the offense and handle the ball, rather than him. He has shown that he is more than capable of doing that in the past when he played alongside Baron. He and Baron were able to win 48 games in their first and only full season as a starting backcourt. Monta was fine with letting Baron run the show because Baron was already the leader of the team and an older veteran, plus Monta knew that he was next in line behind Baron. That's not the case with he and Curry. Curry is the Warriors new favorite, and he is showing that he is capable of commanding the offense. Monta is probably having a problem dealing with the fact that he is not the favorite like he used to be. He might be having a hard time trying to give a lot of responsibility to a rookie in letting Curry take over the offense. That doesn't mean Monta can't still be the leader of the team, it just means he may need to let Curry quarterback the offense.
The reason why I think that the Warriors didn't make the Grizzlies trade, is because they feel or they are hoping that Monta can adjust and be able to work off of Curry, instead of the other way around. They want to see in the remaining 30 games or so, if Monta can cope with the fact that Curry is quarterback of the offense, and go back to the same role he had in the 07-08 season next to Baron. If the Warriors feel at the end of the season that Monta was not able to adjust to Curry, then I think that they will look at other options, and revisit the Grizzlies trade offer. Another thing that Riley probably factored into his decision, was the lottery. Let's say that the Warriors made that trade with the Grizzlies, then they get the number one pick (John Wall). That would mean the Warriors would have to make another trade possibly involving Mayo or Curry. Or maybe they get the number 2 pick and select Evan Turner, who can play either shooting guard or small forward. I'm sure that they will still have the opportunity to revisit the Grizzlies offer in the offseason. The Grizzlies are trying to get a guy to spice things up in Memphis, so that they don't end up having to move once again. Rudy Gay is already expected to sign with another team in the offseason, and has been rumored to have already talked about potential teams to join. The Grizzlies want to get a another "star", so that when Gay most likely leaves (they are probably not willing to pay Gay what he is expected to get on the market), they will have a guy to replace his production and his excitement, not to mention Monta would be a hometown favorite. Who knows, maybe an even better trade offer comes up. So it was only logical that they wait and see how the upcoming events pan out, and give Ellis and Curry some more time to gel together.
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