DALLAS -- Monta Ellis has been such a big factor for the Dallas Mavericks so far this season that even when the nine-year veteran slices through a convoy of players and misses a driving layup, he still creates a positive opportunity for his teammates.
For the Mavs, that's the beauty of having someone of Ellis' athleticism on their roster.
"He’s a playmaker and he’s a big threat to score, and off that threat to score it opens up opportunities for him to get other people involved,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "And as we go along day after day he’s getting a greater feel for what we need from him in terms of his overall game.''
Carlisle noted that if a teammate grabs a missed driving layup by Ellis and scores, then that driving layup should be considered a good play. That's one reason why the Mavs will continue to persuade Ellis to keep attacking the basket.
"We’re going to get him attacking as often as we can, we’re going to get him moving towards the rim,'' Carlisle said. "His attack the paint game is one of the most difficult to game plan for because there’s just some unpredictable things about the way he attacks.
"He just doesn’t do it the same way every time, so we need that. And as time goes on the turnovers are going to go down because recognition is go to get better, and our spacing and feel for each other is going to get better as well.''
-- Dwain Price
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