Mavericks notes: Monta Ellis putting team first, owner says

Posted Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Five games into the season, shooting guard Monta Ellis already has impressed those associated with the Dallas Mavericks.

Known in some circles as a player concerned with his own statistics, Ellis has been anything but selfish in his first season with the Mavs. And owner Mark Cuban knows why.

“I think it’s desire to win. I think it’s culture of the organization, being around Dirk [Nowitzki] and Vince [Carter] and Shawn [Marion] and Jose [Calderon] and guys that have been here and been through the wars and won,” Cuban said. “He gets to see what that’s about, and I think that makes a huge difference.

“The guy wants to win. He doesn’t care about numbers, he wants to win.”

Ellis went into Wednesday’s game at Oklahoma City averaging 25 points and shooting 53.1 percent from the floor. He’s fit in so well with the other veterans, it’s as if he’s been with the Mavs for years.

“I think he’s lot more dedicated to the system than people expected that he would be,” Cuban said. “I think people perceived that he was Monta first and everything else second. And I think he’s made it very, very clear on both ends of the court that he’s team first and everything else second.”

In addition to his scoring, Ellis is a proficient player on defense. And even when he’s talking defense, Ellis’ focus is on the team’s defense as a whole.

“We’re getting better and better every game,” Ellis said of the Mavs’ defense. “As long as we keep scrambling, then we’ll be all right.”

Ball control

After turning the ball over 20 times in the opener against Atlanta, the Mavs followed that up with 14 turnovers against Houston, 11 against Memphis and 12 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The turnover numbers have fallen as the players have gotten more accustomed to playing together.

“I knew it was going to take a little time, but this is very quick for us,” forward Jae Crowder said. “I’m a little surprised about that, but I knew we had the right type of guys like [Jose] Calderon at the point who really protects the ball. But it just trickled down on our team. That’s one of our points of emphasis coming into every game is take care of the ball.”

‘A shame’ for Chandler

Owner Mark Cuban sent his sympathy to New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who is out four to six weeks with a broken leg.

“It’s a shame,” Cuban said. “I hope he gets well soon. He’s a great guy. You hate to see it happen to anybody.”

Chandler helped Cuban’s Mavs win the 2011 NBA title and was the player credited for changing the franchise’s defensive culture.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Tuesday, April 15Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh «8Final | Box
Cincinnati7Ballpark Replay
Tampa Bay0Postponed | Box
Baltimore0
Chicago Cubs0Postponed | Box
NY Yankees0
Atlanta0Postponed | Box
Philadelphia0
Cleveland0Postponed | Box
Detroit0
Pittsburgh5Final | Box
Cincinnati «7
Washington2Final | Box
Miami «11
Seattle0Final | Box
Texas «5
Boston1Final | Box
Chicago WSox «2
Kansas City «4Final | Box
Houston2
St. Louis «6Final | Box
Milwaukee1
Toronto «9Final | Box
Minnesota3
NY Mets «9Final | Box
Arizona0
Oakland10Bottom 11th | Box
LA Angels9@theBallpark | TV: CSN-CA, FSN-W
Colorado «3Final | Box
San Diego2
Los Angeles2Bottom 10th | Box
San Francisco2@theBallpark | TV: SportsNet LA, CSN-BA
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, April 15Full Scoreboard
New York «109Final | Box
Brooklyn98
Denver105Final | Box
LA Clippers «117
Full Scoreboard
Full Scoreboard
No games this week
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, April 15Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard