DALLAS -- The last two home losses by the Dallas Mavericks have coincided with low-scoring games by shooting guard Monta Ellis.
In last Friday's 119-112 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Ellis scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting. And in last Sunday's 92-80 loss to the New York Knicks, Ellis also scored 13 points, but on 6-of-13 shooting.
Opponents are obviosuly devising schemes to slow down Ellis and decrease his attacks to the basket.
"He’s getting a lot of attention, teams are game-planning for him, but I’ve got to do a better job of getting him better shots,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "That what we’ve got to do.
"He’s got to keep attacking. When we get more stops he gets better shots.''
Ellis, who averages 20 points per game, has just two free throw attempts in the past two games, including none against the Knicks. The Mavs sorely need his scoring punch if they have designs on returning to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Carlisle said Ellis has remained aggressive, but defenses are givng him different looks.
Carlisle expect the Los Angeles Lakers to give Ellis multiple looks when they play the Mavs on Tuesday at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
"We got taken out of some things with switching last night and so we’ve got to do better with that going forward,'' Carlisle said. "We’ll see a little of it tomorrow.
"But today is the day to really just work on getting our edge where it needs to be because all these teams that come in here are dangerous teams.''
-- Dwain Price
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