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March 29, 2015 Updates

The shooting guard's streak of 237 consecutive games played probably will end Sunday at Indiana because of a right calf injury. Ellis was getting around with the help of crutches Saturday morning before the Mavericks departed San Antonio. He is listed as doubtful against the Pacers, but coach Rick Carlisle said it's a little more than that. "He's on crutches, which is never good," Carlisle said. "So he appears to be very doubtful. We don't think it's serious. But we are concerned." Dallas Morning News

"It certainly creates a challenge we haven't faced," Carlisle said. "We're talking about a guy who has played every game since he's been in a Maverick uniform, which is beyond commendable. And so it's going to be next man up. "We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively. You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Dallas Morning News

March 28, 2015 Updates

Ellis did not return to the game and left AT&T Center on crutches. As usual, he did not speak to media members. No further tests were scheduled, but an update is expected Saturday. “He was kicked or kneed in the right calf,” Carlisle said. “It’s very sore. But we don’t know the extent of it. We’ll see how he feels [Saturday] and go from there.” Dallas Morning News

March 26, 2015 Updates

“There’s no problem (with Rondo),” Ellis says. “Rondo is a great asset on both ends of the floor. It takes a while for the player to really get adjusted to a new system, new personalities, figuring out where guys want the ball. I think it’s going to work out for the best for us once we get over the hump. Take a look at Toronto, you know, (when) Toronto started out they were hot, and they’re going through pretty much the same thing that we’re going through.” Sports Illustrated

March 25, 2015 Updates

Are you worried about Monta right now? Mark Cuban: I'm worried about him not making shots. I see them wrap him up like a mummy before the games. My only knock on Monta is he'll play through anything. He's such a warrior; he just wants to compete every night as hard as he can and that's not always the smartest thing to do. But at the same time, I respect the hell out of that because there's nobody who wants it as bad as him. Dallas Morning News

However, Ellis acknowledged in his TNT postgame interview that his health had been an issue, something he repeatedly denied publicly and privately during his extended slump. The fact that he refused to take any time off to fully heal -- which would have snapped Ellis' streak of consecutive games played that dates to the beginning of the 2012-13 season -- was a source of frustration within the organization. "I've been battling injuries all season," Ellis said on TNT. "The last few days, my body has been feeling good and tonight I'll sleep real good. I went and worked out last night for at least two and a half hours. I wanted to come in tonight and give my team a lift that they have been looking for. "Now that my body is feeling good, we'll try to make a run of it until the playoffs start." ESPN.com

March 23, 2015 Updates

So why keep calling Ellis’ number when he’s clearly ice cold? Carlisle’s answer is evidence of just how much the Mavs rely on their mercurial leading scorer. “We’ve got to get shots. We’ve got to get shots,” Carlisle said, repeating himself for emphasis. “He’s the one guy who can get clean shots. And he’s getting good looks. I always believe he’s going to make the next one. “My responsibility as a coach is to make sure we get shots. We can’t go places where clear shots are not going to be generated, and he’s been too good in these situations all year long. Hey, he had a bad shooting night. That’s the way it goes.” ESPN.com

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