Team Impressed with Ellis' Defense

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Team Impressed with Ellis' Defense
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DALLAS — For all of the scoring punch Monta Ellis has given the Dallas Mavericks this season, it's his sturdy defense that has been a pleasant surprise. “Defensively, he's so much better than we ever expected — on the ball, off the ball,” owner Mark Cuban said. “Steals [are] probably the least part of it. “A lot of times steals are more of a reflection of not playing defense, but he's been playing good defense.”

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