Much has been made of Rajon Rondo’s issues with the Dallas Mavericks, but is Monta Ellis a bigger problem in Big D? That may be the case, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
Ellis hasn’t been shooting well over the past few months (38.5 percent since Feb. 1), and it was especially ugly in a loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. The guard went 4-of-22 from the field and missed all eight of his shots in the fourth quarter.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle called out his team after the game, although he refused to pin the blame on Ellis’s shooting woes, instead saying the team’s effort has been a problem of late.
But MacMahon says Ellis may be to blame for some of those issues:
Regardless of whether anyone will admit it on the record, Ellis is a big part of that problem. Folks in the Mavs organization have been fretting for weeks about the impact Ellis’ moodiness has on the team’s soul.
That, of course, isn’t a first for Ellis. He had trouble getting along with teammates during his tenure with the Golden State Warriors, who never won anything of note with Ellis as the go-to guy and made an addition-by-subtraction deal by shipping him off. The same was true with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ellis didn’t speak to reporters after his dismal effort on Sunday, and Dallas has lost two games in a row and is down to the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. If the Mavericks are going to do anything in the postseason, Ellis needs to find his game again. If he doesn’t and opts out of the final year of his contract, Dallas may decide to let him walk.