Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told 105.3 The Fan that he wasn’t certain Monta Ellis would be ‘playing any time soon.’ Hours later Ellis returned to Mavs practice.
The Mavericks are slipping in the Western Conference playoff race. But the confidence coach Rick Carlisle has in his club – with health the lone caveat — is not slipping.
Leading scorer Monta Ellis missed the game with a lower right leg injury, and Dallas fell to Indiana 104-99 on the road.
Monta Ellis matched his season high with 38 points and the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the second half to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 101-94 on Tuesday night.
Mark Cuban accepted Kevin Durant’s challenge to play 1-on-1 for a spot in the NBA All Star game. The Mavs owner says the reigning MVP has “backed off” and is unwilling to play.
Tyson Chandler is out for the last game before the All-Star break, and Monta Ellis probably won’t play either.
DeAndre Jordan had 22 points, and Los Angeles beat Dallas by a score of 115-98 on Monday after the Mavs lost Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis to injuries in the first 4 minutes.
Monta Ellis scored 36 points, giving Dallas a 106-105 lead with a running scoop with 12.3 seconds left. But Anthony Davis hit two free throws in the final seconds and had a pivotal steal.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points and the Mavericks won their fifth straight, a 109-90 victory over the Cavaliers, who again played without LeBron James.
Monta Ellis came back after injuring his left ankle on Sunday. He scored 20 points in 27 minutes, made a game-high four steals and helped hold the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal to 10 points.
Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, as the Mavericks rallied late to beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93.
A night after scoring only 2 points, his fewest in a game since 2006, Monta Ellis scored 26 points, and the Mavericks outlasted the Pelicans by a score of 112-107 on Wednesday night.