Monta Ellis Excels in Dallas Mavericks Debut, Season Opener

By Elaine J. Dispo
NBA 2013 Season Home Opener: Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks
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Monta Ellis evolved in his first regular season start with the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA 2013-14 opener on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Ellis was named the “Player of the Game” against the Atlanta Hawks, where he had 37 minutes on the floor, during which he scored 32 points that included 11-of-17 field goals, 2-of-3 three-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws.

With seven minutes left in the second quarter, Fox Sports Southwest showed Ellis listed as No. 5 in scoring efforts in opening night performances. He incurred 46 scoring efforts in the 2010-11 opener of the Golden State Warriors.

While with the Warriors, Ellis helped eliminate Mavericks from the 2006-07 playoffs after Dallas achieved its best regular season with a 67-15 win-loss record. He was coached by former Mavs head coach Don Nelson.

The shooting guard, who previously spent several seasons in Golden State and most recently played for the Milwaukee Bucks, showed opening game attendees and TV viewers what “Monta Basketball” is all about.

Ellis and power forward Dirk Nowitzki have a unique court chemistry, which is why I dub them as the Nowellis Dynamic Duo.

In his postgame interview, Ellis called Nowitzki “aggressive,” so I can tell that their head-on and hands-on approach make them the perfect Mavs match to get their ball game in order.

On Media Day, Ellis explicitly expressed his pride in joining the Mavs. He also told Fox Sports Southwest’s Mark Followill on 1 on 1 with the Dallas Mavericks about his own goal to reach the NBA Finals with them. Therefore, he very well can be a key player to make them championship contenders once again.

I call Ellis one of the “Elite”, for his shooting hand has that heat that makes the Mavs the team to beat, but I prefer for he and Dallas to defeat.

Happy Belated Birthday, Monta! Ellis just turned the big 2-8 on Saturday, Oct. 26, shortly before the league season tipoff. I will go ahead and tip my Mavs ball cap and cowboy hat to you, “Birthday Balla” Monta!

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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