Updates from Sunday, Feb. 9
Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports Monta Ellis' current status for tonight's game:
Per @MavsPR, Monta Ellis (strained right hamstring) went through shootaround but is a game-time decision.— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) February 9, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Feb. 8
ESPN's Tim MacMahon has an update on Ellis' injury:
The Mavs will update Ellis' status after the team's Sunday morning shootaround in Boston.
Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis will have an MRI done on his strained hamstring on Saturday morning, per Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com:
Monta Ellis says he will have an MRI in the morning after an apparent hamstring injury.— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) February 8, 2014
Ellis called the problem "minor":
Monta Ellis on the strained right hamstring: "I've got screws in place in my ankle. This is nothing -- minor."— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) February 8, 2014
The injury will come as a bit of a surprise as the 28-year-old is only one of two Mavericks players to have played in all of the team's regular-season games this year, per Mike Peasley of ESPNDallas.com:
Monta Ellis and Jae Crowder are the only two #Mavs players to have played in all 51 games this season— Mike Peasley (@PeasESPN) February 8, 2014
Ellis has rolled back the clock this year. Although his 19.4 points and 5.8 assists a game aren't career highs, he's become a very efficient scorer and capable defender.
With Dallas only 2.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth spot, it will be important that his injury does turn out to only be minor. The Grizzlies have found their form again with Marc Gasol on the floor, and they'll easily close the gap if the Mavs star is to falter at all.