After making an on-court appearance in every one of Dallas’ 82 games last season, Monta Ellis suffered a left knee sprain during Thursday’s practice. Ellis, a player widely regarded as one of the most durable guards in the league, missed Dallas’ preseason game versus OKC ( a 109-118 loss). Despite his injury, Ellis managed to participate in some non-contact practice on Monday, coming as a surprise to some of his teammates.
New teammate Tyson Chandler lauded Ellis for his fortitude (per Tim MacMahon).
"“I didn’t know he was practicing today, and he was moving great. His speed is just unbelievable.”"
When asked about his health on Tuesday, Ellis provided reassuring response.
"“It’s always good to be back on the court. I hate sitting on the sideline. I had two days of good practice. And I feel good.”"
The veteran shooting guard also competed in Tuesday’s “Mavs Masters,” a golf tournament featuring the players of the Mavericks and Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers.
Barring an unforeseen setback, fans can expect to see Monta Ellis back on the court on Friday as the Mavs take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland (7:30 P.M. CT on NBATV).