Monta Ellis G DAL 4 Months

Monta Ellis, who took a very hard fall on his tailbone Wednesday night, is expected to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

He received treatment last night and it sounds like he's good to go tonight against a depleted Spurs team. Tony Parker has been ruled out and it sounds like Manu Ginobili will likely be in street clothes with a calf contusion.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis said that he was fine after taking a very hard fall during Tuesday's game.

"I was in awe of Ellis hitting the floor as hard as he did and getting back up, knocking in the free throws and continuing to play a real aggressive game," said coach Rick Carlisle. "I'm sure he's going to be sore [Wednesday]. But he hasn't missed a game yet and I don't expect him to be asking out." Ellis, who is averaging 37 minutes per game, is on pace to play in all 82 games for the second consecutive season.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis played well vs. his former team during Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, scoring 27 points with two boards, six assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

After turning the ball over 3.8 times per game over his previous five, he turned the ball over just twice in the close loss. Ellis' shooting percentages have taken a dip since the All-Star break, but he seems to be over his slump from about a month ago.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis shot 4-of-19 from the field during a 109-103 loss to the Clippers, scoring 12 points with five boards, seven assists, two steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

Despite the off game, he's turned in a six-category month and entered tonight with March averages of 18.7 points, 4.3 boards, 5.4 dimes, 1.5 steals and 1.1 triples on 46.2 percent from the field. Ellis ranks ninth in the NBA in minutes per game since the break and his slump from back in January is a distant memory.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis (thigh) scored 32 points on Sunday, tying his second-highest total of the season, but it wasn't enough to avoid an overtime loss vs. Brooklyn.

Ellis played 41 minutes and he's averaging just under 37 per game in March, a number which isn't likely to decrease with Dallas clinging to a half-game lead over Phoenix for the West's eighth seed. It's an ideal situation for fantasy owners, as Ellis is not a threat for a precautionary DNP in the season's final weeks.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis (thigh) will play vs. Brooklyn on Sunday.

He sat out Saturday's practice as a precaution and there was never much doubt about his availability, but it's nice to have early confirmation of his status as the Mavs prepare to host the visiting Nets.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis sat out Saturday's practice with a thigh injury, but he's expected to play vs. the Nets on Sunday.

He's coming off a solid game on Friday, in which he scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting, and the injury doesn't seem serious. Head coach Rick Carlisle also said this week that Ellis seems "hellbent" on playing in all 82 games this season, and owners can confidently keep him active while checking for updates on Sunday afternoon.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting with four rebounds, seven assists and one steal in the Mavs' 122-106 win over the Nuggets on Friday.

The win is huge for the Mavs' playoff hopes as they hang around the Grizzlies and Suns for the last two spots in the West. Ellis is starting to heat up at the right time for owners and he has been very public about wanting to play every game this season. That commitment has returned second-to-third round value this season.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis' strong effort late in the fourth to get the Mavericks to overtime wasn't enough during a 123-122 loss on Wednesday, finishing with 22 points, six boards, four assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

His four makes from downtown were a season high and it's the first time he's made at least three since November. Ellis really struggled from deep before the break and made just 30.6 percent during that stretch, but he's coming around now. He'll look to stay hot in a friendly matchup against the Nuggets on Friday.

Monta Ellis G DAL 5 Months

Monta Ellis played through an illness on Sunday, scoring nine points on 2-of-7 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with seven assists and two turnovers.

Rick Carlisle said that Monta is "hellbent" on playing in all 82 games this season, which is terrific news for fantasy owners, not to mention the Mavericks' playoff odds. With four games on the schedule next week, Monta should be a fixture in all starting lineups whether or not he's fully recovered for Monday's game.