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Monta Ellis hits absurd buzzer-beater to lift Mavs over Bucks
2014-12-04

A player previously known as a volume shooter with few contributions in other areas has benefited greatly from being surrounded by other quality scorers and now looks like a dangerous, acceptably efficient guard for the best offense in the NBA. Ellis is a lot more valuable now that no one considers him a first option.

For the most part, though, Monta is the same player who frustrated many observers, particularly when it comes to taking and making bizarre shots made possible only by elite body control. One of his best and most successful examples of such a play came in the final seconds of Wednesday night's game between the Mavs and host Milwaukee Bucks.

With 8.9 seconds on the clock and the score tied at 105-105, Ellis took the inbounds pass and prepared to take the defending O.J. Mayo one-on-one. Mayo did very well and forced Ellis into two help defenders, which presumably would have caused the ballhandler to force a shot or pass to another player who would have very little time to beat the clock. Instead, Ellis spun to his left, took two steps in the same direction, and faded away for a 10.0-degree-of-difficulty shot over Mayo: The stunning finish was upheld after video review and the Mavs left town with a 107-105 win. It initially looked like Ellis might have traveled, but his movement was legal it was just a very odd interpretation of the rules. A running fadeaway out of a spin move just isn't a shot many players will consider, let alone choose to take. It's an incredible play regardless of its impact on the game.

It also marked the second night in a row in which Monta had helped Dallas to a win with some late-game ingenuity. Ellis forced a very foolish foul from Kirk Hinrich in the final seconds of regulation on Tuesday night vs. the Bulls and then hit three free throws to send the game to overtime, where the Mavericks eventually won.

On the other hand, Ellis wasn't especially efficient in either game outside of those two huge moments. With 21 points on 11-of-26 shooting vs. the Bucks, Monta has now scored 61 points on 61 field goal attempts in his last two games. I imagine Dallas will take it.




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Greg Oden out for the season, Portland not giving up
2010-12-06

Portland Trail Blazers centre Greg Oden underwent micro-fracture surgery for the third time in his career that will sideline him again for the rest of the season.
Oden, who was the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, is preparing for a comeback from a knee injury when Blazers team trainer Jay Jensen revealed that the 22-year-old centre sustained another injury, which is not related to the previous one he had last season.
“Greg's patella fracture and his chondral injury that he has are not related although they're in the same knee,” said Jensen. “They are two totally separate situations.” But this is no solace to NBA betting fans. The Blazers are now a nervous bet.
Jensen also added that he was shocked when the doctors told him that the former Ohio State standout would need surgery that will sideline him again for the third time since he was drafted by Portland.
“We sat there and it was like we'd been kicked in the stomach,” Jensen said. “It felt like hearing someone close to us had died.”
Portland head coach Nate McMillan, on the other hand, was also disappointed upon hearing the news. The veteran head coach said that he was excited to have Oden back, especially after seeing him work hard during the rehabilitation period, but he’s not yet giving up on his young centre.
“Being so close to getting back on the floor, just all of a sudden this situation comes up and it's like, ‘Here we go again' for him,” McMillan said. “As I told him, he has to stay positive, and he has to keep believing. He'll have an opportunity to continue to work to get back on the floor.”
McMillan also confirmed that Oden was devastated when he learned that he will not be able to play this season, but he reminded the big man to stay positive, like Bill Walton did during his days with the Blazers. Walton was also a former No.1 pick by Portland in 1974, but he was sidelined by different injuries in his first three years with the team, before leading them to an NBA title in 1977.
“When things go wrong, we as a society, we all want to find someone to point the finger at, or blame, and sometimes things just happen,” McMillan said. “These injuries, each one of them, they just happened.”
Oden, who was drafted ahead of Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, has only played 82 games with the Blazers, but despite all the setbacks he had, the Portland Trail Blazers organization is not ready to give up on him.
Blazers president Larry Miller said that they are planning to offer an $8.8 million qualifying offer to Oden next off-season that will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent next season. Being a restricted free agent, the Blazers would have the rights to match any offers from other teams.
“If Greg Oden plays up to his potential he is worth that,” Miller said. “We will see where rehabilitations are at that level. But at this point, I don’t see us not giving the offer if Greg is doing the things we need to see him doing to get back on the court. I do not feel like I am ready to give up on Greg Oden. I don’t think anybody in our organization is ready.”
Oden will need a minimum of six months for his rehabilitation and he will be available before the start of next season, barring any new injury. As an NBA bettor are you still game for the Trailblazers? Take your action at www.sportsbook.com the home of NBA betting.