DALLAS – Monta Ellis is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for tonight’s contest against the Utah Jazz.
Those were the words of Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle as his team prepares to host the Jazz tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
Ellis suffered an injury to his left hip less than four minutes into Monday’s 115-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The injury kept Ellis sidelined for the rest of the game and put his status for tonight’s contest in jeopardy.
"It's an hour-to-hour type thing,’’ Carlisle said of Ellis’ injury. "It's not serious on the one hand.
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"But on the other hand we have to be cautious, and if he feels good then he'll play. I'm sure he will (play), and if there's any question, then he'll probably be held out.’’
Ellis prides himself on being bale to show up for work and play in every game no matter how his body is feeling. He has played in 218 consecutive games and hasn’t missed one since Apr. 26, 2012 when he missed the final game of the lockout-shortened season against the Boston Celtics while he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ellis went through the Mavs’ shootaround this morning. But he doesn’t do interviews after shootaround or before games.
Carlisle, meanwhile, said he couldn’t give a definitive answer on if the Mavs will have their leading scorer on the court tonight.
"We went through things,’’ Carlisle said. "He's doing better than he was the other night, but it's not for sure that he's going to play.’’
When asked what did the MRI Ellis took show, Carlisle said: "I don't know. It showed that he's got muscles in there.’’
The Mavs’ offense nearly came to a standstill against the Clippers without Ellis, who averages 20 points and 4.5 assists per game.
"It's possible he could play, but we'll have to see how he's feeling tonight,’’ Carlisle said. "It's a decision that's made by him and the trainer.
"If there's any risk at all, we're probably going to err on the side of caution, but we'll see.’’