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He loved playing for the Warriors and was embraced by Bay Area fans — and the organization, too. But it didn’t last. “The old ownership that they had, they didn’t know what direction they wanted to head in,” Ellis said. “I figured my time there was wearing out. So I had to do something. “When the new ownership came in, they had an idea of what they wanted to do. And so I just was like, ‘I know my time is done here.’ “When you’re in a place where everything stops running through you, then you know that it’s about time to leave. So I was ready and prepared for it.” Dallas Morning News

“If you don’t win, that’s when you go in a dark place,” he said. “I’m a great competitor, and I want to win. That’s who I am. And if I’m not winning, I’m a different type of person. That’s one thing that Golden State couldn’t understand. It was like they were accepting losing. And they wanted me to accept and embrace losing. I couldn’t do that. “If you’re mad at your best player because he’s tired of losing, then it should be a question about your character and what you’re trying to do.” Dallas Morning News

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After nine years in the league, and over 10,000 shots later, Monta Ellis might just be the MIP (Most Important Player) of the 2014-2015 NBA season. Dallas currently holds the highest offensive efficiency rating (number of points a team scores per 100 possessions) since the 2009-2010 D’Antoni & Nash show in Phoenix. And Ellis has been the man behind the engine of the well-oiled 111.8 offensive efficiency juggernaut. Not only is Ellis leading the Mavs in scoring, but he is also leading them in assists. This is a far cry from the high shot volume hoisting Ellis of days past. HoopsHype

Looking deeper into the analytics and film breakdown, Ellis has been put into more offensive advantageous situations than ever before. Primarily throughout his career, Ellis has been isolation heavy and transition dependent for his scoring opportunities. He is currently functioning at 48.2 percent of his offensive touches in pick-and-roll situations, one of the highest rates per touches in the entire league. The most difficult situation to guard in basketball, yep you guessed it – the pick-and-roll. Ellis has been able to create highly efficient looks for himself as well as turning himself into a bonafide playmaker. HoopsHype

Ellis has also been able to use the ball screen to become a high level playmaker, thanks to his ability to score off the ball screen and his teammate around him. 56 percent of Ellis’s passes off the ball screen are going to spot-up shooters, with an adjusted field goal percentage of 51.2 percent, putting him in the top 9 percent of the NBA creating off the ball screen, ranking him ahead of the likes of Russell Westbrook, Ty Lawson and Kyle Lowry. This is leaps and bounds from where he came from as a high-volume shooting, only looking to get his, offensive player. Doesn’t hurt, of course, to have players like Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons spotted up on the receiving end of the pass. HoopsHype

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The American Airlines Center crowd gasped when it saw Ellis, the leading scorer for the Dallas Mavericks this season, crumple to the court and grab his left ankle in agony late in Sunday's win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He landed awkwardly after a drive to the basket and severely twisted the ankle that still has plates and screws in it from a 2008 surgery. "Most guys in this league wouldn't even think about playing two nights later," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. ESPN.com

But everyone believed Ellis when he said after that game that he wouldn't miss any time. He hasn't yet for the Mavs; he played through a hamstring strain last season, a vomit-inducing illness last week and several bumps and bruises over the past season and a half. The only question was how well Ellis would be able to play against the Wizards. He answered that with an exclamation point by scoring 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes and spearheading the defensive effort against Washington star shooting guard Bradley Beal, who was held to 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting. "He's been a warrior the entire time he's been here," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He never misses games. He played sick the other night, played hurt tonight. I can't say enough about him. He's been great ever since he got here." ESPN.com

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Cuban will have to negotiate new contracts with Rondo and Chandler this summer, but the Mavs don’t have to worry about the salary cap because they own both players’ Bird rights. Ellis can opt out of the final year of his three-year, $25 million deal that’s been a tremendous bargain. If that happens, the Mavs would own his early Bird rights and be able to offer him a contract with a starting salary of up to 175 percent of the $8.36 million that he makes this season. “I’ll at least do my best to keep them together,” said Cuban, who can pay his own free agents more than other teams are allowed to offer. “I want to keep them together. It’s cheaper to keep her. It’s not where we were before. ESPN.com

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