Monta Ellis scored 38 points in the Dallas Mavericks’ 101-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, but things didn’t go nearly as well in the rematch on Friday. Ellis scored just 10 points and left after 23 minutes after injuring his right leg in a 94-76 loss:
Rick Carlisle says it’s actually Monta Ellis’ right calf that is injured. Took knee from Manu Ginobili.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 28, 2015
The news gets worse:
Monta left arena on crutches. Update in AM
— Chuck Cooperstein (@coopmavs) March 28, 2015
After the game, notoriously outspoken Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wasn’t pleased with some no-calls that haven’t gone in Ellis’s favor. The guard didn’t shoot a single free throw in the game, and he’s only taking 3.8 free throws per game this season, one of the lowest marks of his career. This despite ranking 10th in the NBA in drives, as noted by Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
First, Cuban took to Twitter to express his displeasure over the lack of calls:
It’s criminal how Monta doesn’t get calls Pushed.Hit in face.Hit on arm.Im tired of turning in calls.Fans need to post video to wake NBA up.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) March 28, 2015
Cuban then elaborated to reporters after the game, explaining what set him off and revealing that the Mavericks have sent “a long list” to the NBA of non-calls that have gone against Ellis. The owner hasn’t been happy with the responses he has gotten from the league:
“It’s just some of the most ridiculous feedback we get,” Cuban said. “You turn it in, and it’s like, ‘That’s incidental.’ He got hit in the face. Incidental. Knocked the ball loose. Incidental. You know, it’s crazy. The guy [is] one of the leading guys in driving, attacking the basket, went to the line zero times tonight.”
Cuban has been fined over a $1 million during his time as owner of the Mavericks, and he’s sure to hear from the league office again after this rant. It’s not like he cares, though, and the players have to be happy that their owner has their back like this. This is especially the case for Ellis, who has been the subject of some not-go-great rumors about his standing in the locker room.
Dallas is currently jockeying for playoff position, although this loss dropped the Mavericks to 1½ games behind the Spurs for the No. 7 seed. There should be an update on Ellis’s status coming soon.