Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

Dallas Mavericks Have to Be Pleased with Monta Ellis’ Performance in First Preseason Contest

+Read full article
Monta Ellis Mavs preseason

Jerome Miron – USA Today Sports Images

On Monday night as the Dallas Mavericks opened up their 2013 NBA preseason play against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Mavericks saw one of their guards step up in his time on the floor. Not only did this guard contribute 13 points on 45.4 percent shooting, but he also added seven assists while turning the ball over twice.

Even if I told you that the Mavericks guard who put up those numbers was a newcomer to the team, you probably would still wrongly guess Jose Calderon. Calderon wasn’t active for the game, though, still dealing with the injury. Said Dallas guard was actually the much talked about, often criticized Monta Ellis.

Though I have certainly been critical of Ellis’ play and over his recent comments about him playing “Monta-ball” this season, I have to admit that his performance on Monday night against the Pelicans deserves some respect. Though 13 points on 11 shots doesn’t sound great, his shot-selection was hardly crazy and he wasn’t acting like a loose-cannon on the offensive end, either. In fact, with Calderon out Ellis actually looked quite solid facilitating the offense a lot of times and making plays for himself and for teammates.

Ellis has always been somewhat unpredictable when it comes to what he does on the basketball court from a game-to-game basis. Many times he has shown flashes of being the player he was on Monday night, but then reverts back to being the same trigger-happy guard that people skewer him for being. For all I know, this could be one of those cases. In the interest of overreacting to small sample sizes, though, Ellis on Monday night looked like the player the Mavs need him to be this season. I wouldn’t start printing “Monta for MVP” t-shirts or anything just yet, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that what he showed against the Pelicans was a cause for optimism.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

Related:
Can Monta Ellis Change Reputation Like Other Dallas Mavericks Have?
5 Things to Watch in the Dallas Mavericks’ First Preseason Game
Can The New Look Dallas Mavericks Make The Playoffs?

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Dirk Nails Game-Winner, Gets Love From Kobe

Kobe Bryant wasn't able to lace up for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, but he still managed to make the highlight reels on multiple occasions. After Dirk Nowitzki nailed what turned out to be the game-winning jumper, he stumbled backward into Bryant and received a pat of approval. This encounter is the definition of the saying 'game recognizes game' as the two players are both legends and future Hall of Famers.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Josh Smith Fakes Dirk Nowitzki Out of His Shoes

Josh Smith has returned to the Houston Rockets via trade, and he made the most of his first game back. He scored 16 points off the bench, including this drive on Dirk Nowitzki that made Smith look like Hakeem Olajuwon. Could Ty Lawson and Josh Smith be the spark duo off the bench that rejuvenates this Rockets team?

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Nowitzki Spoof Trump In Hilarious Ad

Although he may not look like it, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is one of the funniest guys in the NBA. He was up to his old tricks again in this video, and I couldn't stop laughing after watching this.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Kings' Rondo Attempt To Trip Mavs' Williams

Last night's game between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks was one of the most entertaining of the season. It was a back-and-forth contest that ended on a Deron Williams three-pointer as time expired in double-overtime. Unfortunately, Williams almost didn't get to take that shot as Rajon Rondo attempted to trip him from the bench earlier in the game which could have caused serious injury. Rondo should be suspended for his actions.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Deron Williams Hits Game-Winning 3 In Double OT

The Sacramento Kings had a two-point lead in double overtime against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday evening, but Deron Williams came through with a clutch three as time expired to cement a one-point victory.

Comment 0 Comments