DALLAS -- Monta Ellis' debut with the Dallas Mavericks was an impressive sight for Mavs' fans to see.
Ellis poured in 32 points, dispensed eight assists and picked up a pair of steals as the Mavs derailed the Atlanta Hawks, 118-109, Wednesday night at American Airlines Center. In attack mode all night, Ellis converted 11-of-17 shots, including 2-of-3 three-pointers.
Coach Rick Carlisle knows opponents are going to now be on guard when it coming to trying to defend Ellis. But Carlisle knows how to overcome the homework done by the scouts.
"Teams are going to scout the situations that he's involved in,'' Carlisle said after Thursday's practice. "The things that’s hard to scout is when you get stops and get in transition and get into random play.
"That’s really one of the strengths of our team. When we can get him the ball randomly and set screen and rolls and get him going towards the basket, that’s a great situation.''
-- Dwain Price
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