That seemed to be the consensus coming out of Warriors' training camp one day after Ellis said "you just can't" play he and Curry together because "you're not going to win that way."
Ellis certainly didn't backtrack from his comments from the previous day, but he did acknowledge that, yes, there might be times a smallish, quick-ish backcourt of Ellis-Curry could be used. But it's not like he was embracing the idea.
"Basically, what it is is that the only way we can play together is matchups," Ellis said after the team's morning practice. "That's the only way. Point blank."
Nelson made certain to leave plenty of wiggle room when it came to how much that twosome would play together, likely knowing full-well that it might not be the best strategy in the world to announce that Ellis and Curry would be starting opening night.
"Certainly matchups will determine that," Nelson said. "We're pretty small in the backcourt. We can't expect them to play together when we play the Lakers when one of them would have to guard Kobe (Bryant) or something like that. But there will be plenty of times where they will play together, and that's a matchup situation.
"There are a lot of teams that don't post their two-guards, there are a lot of teams that have small guards who play together. So that will be a matchup situation. I've normally done pretty well at matchups. They will play together some but not always."
Nelson said he talked to Ellis briefly about his Monday comments, but told the media to ask Ellis about what was said.
When asked about what Nelson relayed to him about those comments, Ellis responded: "It was nothing ... He just asked me about them and he told me the interview was good up until that point. It's over with. Put it behind us and move forward. There's no problem. No problem at all."
But what about Curry? He said he wasn't stung by Ellis' comments.
"Not at all," Curry said. "He's been here. He has experience. I don't know anything about what it's like to play in an NBA game or anything like that. He knows how to win, what's it's going to take. If that's what he sees then there's got to be some kind of validity to it. But it all comes down to what coach Nelson wants."
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