A few hours after Warriors Coach Don Nelson said that he expected Baron Davis’ injury — officially described by team officials as a bruised left knee — to cost him a few games, Monta Ellis was rolling on the floor in pain after banging his left knee against the right knee of Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger in the third quarter of Golden State’s 113-98 victory Monday.
Ellis, whose injury was diagnosed as a left-knee contusion, had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes but did not return. He said the knee felt like it did in high school when he underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage and dropped into the second round of the 2005 NBA draft.
“Yeah, I can’t move it,” said Ellis, who was using crutches after the game. “That’s where I had my surgery, on the same side (the outside) of the same knee.”
X-rays proved negative, but Ellis said, “I won’t be relieved until I get an MRI.” He expects to undergo the exam today.