Dallas Mavericks’ Monta Ellis Must Perform Better at Golden State

By Elaine J. Dispo
Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors
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Monta Ellis and his Dallas Mavericks must step up their game when they do battle against Ellis’ previous team, the Golden State Warriors, on Wednesday.

Ellis, who is evolving into one of NBA‘s greats since he entered the 2013-14 season as the starting shooting guard for Dallas, offered an optimum clutch save on Saturday against the challenging Portland Trail Blazers who top the Western Conference standings.

However, during the Mavs’ previous meeting with the Warriors on the night before Thanksgiving, despite taking home victory Ellis only scored four points. This time around, we anticipate that this explosive guard will provide a prime play show and deliver dynamism.

Not only does Ellis have the skill, as we Mavs Fans for Life already have duly noted, but he definitely has the will, especially because he aims to score the Finals title. This prospective champion has now joined the ranks of victorious veteran Mavericks who have gone all the way or at least pursue those same hoop hopes. Starting power forward Dirk Nowitzki, who still is powerful, along with starting small forward Shawn Marion, who is a leader in defense, come from the 2011 world championship team. Plus, they also have valuable sixth man Vince Carter, who has been ready since the offseason to back them up.

My expectation for Ellis is that he strikes golden gate-winning moments with two straight victories against both of his previous teams, first at Golden State, followed by Dallas’ first home game since hosting the Charlotte Bobcats before their tour of Western Conference matchups. Back at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, the Mavs will face the Milwaukee Bucks, who had Ellis for a short period and now have past Maverick O.J. Mayo. Five weeks prior, when Dallas visited Milwaukee, Ellis excelled on the road.

The tune to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” track is racking my brain right about now. This time, the lyrics go a little something like this: “This Ball is on Fire,” as in Monta Ball, which Ellis must bring on at the Oracle Arena by racking up more points to show up his rookie team with whom he spent several seasons thereafter. Unfortunately, center/forward Brandan Wright, who has resumed practice with the Mavericks since recovering from his left shoulder injury, will not be back on the floor against his former ball club, yet his anticipated return is approaching.

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

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