Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban talked with shooting guard Monta Ellis after Friday night’s 144-143 road win over the Denver Nuggets.
After guard Raymond Felton hit what turned out to be the game-winning shot with 1.5 seconds left, the Mavs were all huddled on the court and discussing what they were going to do at the defensive end to stop the Nuggets on the final play. At the time, a photo was taken, and there was Ellis, sitting on the floor and seemingly not paying attention to what was taking place.
“I talked to him, or we texted about it, and he was just feeling funky,” Cuban said before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “It happens sometimes.
“There’s never a guy that played a lot of minutes that didn’t have one game where he was to his own thoughts. I don’t think it’s any big deal. Whatever he was thinking about he was thinking about, and we move on.”
Cuban admits that the photo “looks bad’’ on Ellis part, and appeared as though the veteran was pouting about something.
“You can’t make your decisions out here based on what I look like on TV,” Cuban said. “When you’re concentrating so hard in the game and whatever’s on your mind is on your mind, and whatever you’re focused on, you’re focused on.”
Cuban said Ellis could be the focal point of a team video, and be watching that video and isn’t aware that he’s the focal point.
“He just gets so into his own thoughts during the game, that’s just how he is,” Cuban said. “Everybody is different.
“I don’t think he was trying to prove a point or anything. I just think he gets so intense in the game, and that’s what he said.”
Chandler Parsons isn’t sure if he’ll be able to play in Monday night’s game against the Utah Jazz.
Parsons has been working furiously on the court in an effort to get back in a game after missing the past four contests with a swollen right knee.
“I want to play, but at the same time I’ve got to be smart,” Parsons said. “It’s frustrating, but obviously you want to be at full strength and I want to be ready to go. I hate missing games. I want to play every single game.”
If Parsons doesn’t play, the Mavs are optimistic he’ll play in the regular season-finale Wednesday night at home against Portland.
“He’s coming along gradually, but making progress,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Day-to-day he’s been stepping up the workload.
“We’ll see where things are [today] and evaluate whether there’s a possibility he could play [Monday ] or not.”
Cuban missed end
Cuban didn’t attend the Mavs’ double-overtime victory in Denver. He used his DVR to tape it, but there was a problem.
“Obviously your DVR is never set for two overtimes, and Raymond [Felton] drives and hits the shot and there’s 1.5 seconds to go, I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah,’” Cuban said. “Right after Ray made that shot the recorder switched to Law and Order.
“It was too funny. I was laughing and crying at the same time.”
Cuban said he eventually found the end of the game on his cellphone.
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