DALLAS -- Guard Monta Ellis spent the first seven-plus years of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors after they chose him on the second round of the 2005 draft.
Ellis, though, fell out of favor with the Warriors and they subsequently traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks on Mar. 13, 2012. So it would stand to reason that Ellis -- he now plays for Dallas -- will have his engines revving a bit higher tonight at 7:30 when the Mavericks entertain the Warriors at American Airlines Center.
"I think he wants to win,'' coach Rick Carlisle said after today's shootaround. "I think it's important to him regardless of whether he played there or didn’t play there.
"This isn’t his first go-round playing these guys -- he did it a couple of times in Milwaukee, and yada yada. I don’t think it's as big that way, but it’s a game that we need, so I think that’s important to him.''
-- Dwain Price
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