HOUSTON -- That hot shooting streak Monta Ellis enjoyed in the season-opening nine-point win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday didn't last long.
In Friday's 113-105 loss to the Houston Rockets, Ellis was just 7-of-19 from the field and tallied 20 points to go with five turnovers and just one assist. That's a far cry from what Ellis produced against the Hawks when he collected 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, and added eight assists, although he did turn the ball over seven times in that game.
"I thought most of the shots he took tonight were OK shots,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "He just didn't have a rhythm going like he had the other night.
"In those situations I've got to do a better job of putting him in situations where he can catch and attack and do things off the move. We'll keep looking at everything and adjusting where we need to adjust.''
-- Dwain Price
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