Monta Ellis: My play in Game 4 wasn’t good enough

Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) shoots against the San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) and guard Patty Mills (8) in the second half in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Spurs beat the Mavs 93-89.

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When Monta Ellis hasn’t shot the ball well, the Dallas Mavericks have lost their first round playoff games against the San Antonio Spurs.

Ellis was 6 of 20 from the field Monday night and the Mavs fell 93-89, allowing the visiting Spurs to tie the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

How did Dallas’ starting shooting guard think he played in Game 4?

"It wasn’t good enough," said Ellis, who was 2 of 8 from the field in the first half. "I didn’t shoot the ball well. I think I came out a little stagnant. I wasn’t aggressive like I was in the second half."

Ellis finished with a team-high 20 points but he wasn’t as efficient as he has been the previous two games.

The eight-year veteran was 12 of 22 in a 109-108 Game 3 victory and 8 of 20 in Game 2, a 113-92 Mavs win.

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