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Monta Ellis | Guard

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
College: None
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Monta Ellis was limping with an apparent right knee injury late in Tuesday's road defeat, which he finished with 25 points on 11-of-26 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block.
Ellis' effort can't be faulted but he played a rather inefficient game, attempting 26 field goals vs. one free throw while committing a team-high six turnovers. He has an $8.7 million player option for the 2015-16 season and it will be interesting to see what he does this offseason -- he finished this year with top-50 value in 8-cat leagues, but his outlook hinges upon his whereabouts next season. We'll let you know if his knee injury proves to be a long-term concern. Apr 28 - 11:14 PM

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Monta Ellis dropped a game-high 31 points to help the Mavericks win at home on Sunday, hitting 13-of-21 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws with two 3-pointers.

Ellis turned the ball over five times but he also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He looked very comfortable as the Mavs' unquestioned go-to offensive player with both Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons out of commission, and his usage rate (28.1 percent on Sunday) should be through the roof again during Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston.
Apr 27 - 12:25 AM

Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:25 AM

Monta Ellis (rest) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

J.J. Barea is likely to get the start in his place, but it should mean extended run for Richard Jefferson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton as well.

Monta Ellis is not expected to travel to Utah for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

Ellis is one of the league's premier 'iron men' who never willingly misses a game, but he managed only four points on 2-of-8 FGs vs. the Lakers on Sunday and a day off could do him good. He'll get two days of rest before potentially returning vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, and his absence should result in plentiful minutes for J.J. Barea, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton.
Apr 13 - 12:54 AM

Monta Ellis struggled vs. the Lakers on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes of action.

Rick Carlisle is rotating his key veterans into the DNP-CD cycle and Ellis could be a candidate on Monday, though he's always averse to missing games. Monta sat alone and looked sullen when the Mavs won in double-OT on Friday, and there were reports a few weeks ago that his "moodiness" has negatively impacted the Mavs' locker room, so we'll keep an eye on the situation.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 13 - 12:20 AM

Monta Ellis was terrific against the Thunder on Wednesday with 26 points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals and one turnover in 37 minutes.

What calf injury? Ellis is one of the most durable players in the NBA since his moped fiasco and the Mavs are at their best when he's on his A game. He'll have a very tough matchup against the Rockets on Thursday in what could be a first-round preview. You'll want to start Monta for that one, obviously.
Apr 2 - 2:58 AM

Monta Ellis (calf) will play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

Ellis' calf may not be 100 percent healthy but he's one of the league's toughest players and it's no surprise to see him in the starting lineup. He'll give the No. 7 seed Mavericks whatever he has tonight, as they try to fend off the No. 8 seed Thunder, and he's safe to activate in all leagues.
Apr 1 - 7:49 PM

Monta Ellis (calf) is a game-time decision to face the Thunder on Wednesday.

He is probable and the Mavs look to be expecting him to play. Ellis missed Sunday due to his calf injury and he could be limited tonight. If he can't play his usual 33.7 minutes per game, minutes will go to Richard Jefferson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.
Apr 1 - 6:39 PM

Monta Ellis (calf) and J.J. Barea (ankle) are both listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.

Ellis was held out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, but he was able to fully participate in Tuesday's practice and should be ready to roll tonight. Ellis is one of the toughest and most durable players in the NBA, but even this is a little surprising considering he was on crutches a couple of days ago. If Ellis plays he should be activated in all lineups, while Richard Jefferson would return to the bench and lose most of his value. For what it's worth, head coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't commit to Ellis playing just yet, so his owners will want to check back for another update prior to tip-off.
Apr 1 - 10:52 AM

Monta Ellis (calf) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and head coach Rick Carlisle implied that there's a good chance Ellis will be able to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

"Nothing's for sure tomorrow, but it looks promising," said Carlisle of Ellis potentially playing on Wednesday. If Ellis is indeed able to return on Wednesday, he will have only spent a mere one-game on the sidelines. His return to action will push Richard Jefferson back to the bench and irrelevancy in most leagues. Owners can expect to get another update on Ellis' status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
Mar 31 - 3:29 PM

Monta Ellis (calf) has officially been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, and Richard Jefferson will draw the start at shooting guard.

Ellis had played in 237 consecutive games before the injury, so it's obviously a huge blow for his owners who are in the middle of fantasy playoffs. Ellis is off crutches, but he is still in a lot of pain and doesn't have a timetable to return. We will update his status once we know more, but the Mavericks will probably proceed with caution. Jefferson is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value, while Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will likely see a boost in value as well with the added responsibility on offense.
Mar 29 - 11:58 AM

The Mavericks are preparing for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers with the expectation that Monta Ellis (calf) will not be able to play.

"We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively," head coach Rick Carlisle said in regards to replacing Ellis. "You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Carlisle also said that they won't rush Ellis back from injury, so it's safe to say that he is probably looking at some time on the shelf. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will be busy in the backcourt vs. the Pacers, while J.J. Barea (ankle) is also hopeful that he will be able to return from injury Sunday.
Mar 29 - 9:40 AM

Monta Ellis (calf) is considered very doubtful to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

Ellis has played in 237 consecutive games and is easily one of the most durable players in the NBA, but it is highly unlikely that he plays. Ellis was still using crutches on Saturday and obviously isn't going to practice, but we should have another update after shootaround Sunday. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris would be extremely busy if Ellis ends up sitting this one out, while the Mavericks are also hoping that J.J. Barea (ankle) will be able to return Sunday. For what it's worth, Ellis won't have an MRI until at least Monday when the team returns to Dallas, and while Carlisle is concerned, he doesn't expect the injury to be too serious.
Mar 28 - 12:18 PM

Updating an earlier item, Monta Ellis (calf) left the locker room on crutches and as we passed along earlier he will be evaluated on Saturday.

Crutches can be used as a precautionary measure but it's certainly not good to hear. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the league and doesn't miss games, but the Mavs may be able to convince him that it would be necessary in advance of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (seven points, five boards, five assists, one steal) and Chandler Parsons (nine points, six boards, two assists, three steals, one trey) would be beneficiaries if he misses any time.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 28 - 2:20 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Devin Harris
3Raymond Felton
SG1Monta Ellis
2J.J. Barea
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Richard Jefferson
3Al-Farouq Aminu
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Amare Stoudemire
3Charlie Villanueva
4Dwight Powell
C1Tyson Chandler
2Greg Smith
3Bernard James