Gritty Ellis Overcomes Injury As Mavs Overwhelm Wizards

Early in December Chicago Bears’ receiver Brandon Marshall was carted off the field in a loss to the Cowboys with a back injury. He later Tweeted “I’ll be all right. Mind over matter.”

Cute and courageous, but it rang hollow when he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Perhaps Marshall needs pain management – or at least an English lesson – from the Mavs’ Monta Ellis.

Because less than 48 hours after severely spraining in his left ankle in a win over the Thunder, the guard was back on the court last night leading his team to a cakewalk over the weary Wizards.

See, “mind over matter” is when your mental strength allows you to overcome your physical pain and still perform your duties. Right, Monta?

“If I don’t think about it, I don’t hurt,” the Mavs’ guard told reporters in the post-game locker room after scoring 20 points in Dallas’ 114-87 victory. “That’s my mentality about it.”

Oh, by the way, Ellis’ ankle still has plates and screws in it from a 2008 surgery.

Said head coach Rick Carlisle, “Most guys in this league wouldn’t even think about playing two nights later.”

Ellis is becoming your favorite Maverick because he’s not afraid to take – and make – crunch-time shots. Because, when all else fails, he can create an open look for himself or a teammate with his aggressiveness and athleticism. And because – with all due respect to what Marshall thinks it means – he has indeed mastered “mind over matter.”

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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