Coming into Wednesday night’s game with the Golden State Warriors, Monta Ellis was leading the Dallas Mavericks in scoring with 23.5 points per game. The Mavs aren’t used to having a different scoring leader, as Dirk Nowitzki has led the team for so long. Dirk currently averages 20.7 points per contest.
Of course this is what the Mavs’ front office had in mind when the inked Ellis to a deal this summer. Dirk isn’t going to be with this team forever, and it’s time someone else takes on the scoring responsibilities for Dallas. So far, Monta has done a great job in this role, and Dirk seems content with it. Nowitzki’s attitude has always been about winning first. He doesn’t care who gets the glory or the recognition, as long as the team is winning.
With all of this knowledge, it might be a bit confusing to look at the box score from the game with the Warriors and see Ellis only scored four points, despite playing 32 minutes in the game. Ellis was 2-16 from the field and only had two rebounds as well. Monta did recognize this and was able to get his teammates involved as he dished out 10 assists.
Despite the poor offensive game from Monta, the Mavs still defeated the Warriors 103-99. This is great news for the Mavericks and their fans. Despite their leading scorer having a terrible game, everyone else was able to step up and lead the way for Dallas. This is a huge confident booster for the Mavs moving forward this season. As they continue to find their identity and who they are, it’s good to know they can have a terrible offensive night from one of their leaders and still overcome it with a win.