With a 101-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night, the Dallas Mavericks clinched a spot in the postseason.
After not making the playoffs in 2013, the Mavericks went out and made a couple of key signings, most notably coming to terms with former Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Monta Ellis.
Ellis has had a solid season for the Mavericks and made perhaps his biggest contribution in Saturday’s win when he scored 37 points.
On Monday, the league rewarded Ellis for his recent play, naming him the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week (via ESPN Dallas).
"Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for April 7- 13, the NBA announced Monday. Ellis has achieved the honor four times in his career, most recently as a Milwaukee Buck last season.Ellis led the Mavericks to a 2-1 record with wins over the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. He averaged 25.7 points, 4.7 assists, four rebounds, one steal and 40 minutes per game during that stretch while shooting 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range."
Ellis is averaging 19.0 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game this season.