DALLAS -- Forward Wayne Ellington is expected to back in uniform tonight when the Dallas Mavericks host the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
Ellington missed Wednesday's 115-110 loss in Denver because of personal reasons. His spot in the rotation was taken by second-year veteran Jae Crowder, who had eight points and four reboundsi n 16 minutes against the Nuggets.
"He's on his way back,'' coach Rick Carlisle said after Friday morning's shootaround. "So he should be landing late morning.''
Ellington was playing his best basketball of the season before sitting out Wednesday's game. It was a game the Mavs could have used his defensive presence and outside shooting.
"We missed a good perimeter player, he's a good defender,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "Look, Crowder did a good job filling in, so that wasn't the reason we lost.''
-- Dwain Price
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