Cuban defends Ellis on Twitter

Mark Cuban is upset with the officiating and in other news, the basketball is round.

OK, jokes aside, Cuban took to Twitter to complain about the calls, or lack of them, against Monta Ellis during a crucial stage of the Mavericks’ 18-point loss to the Spurs. Yes, an 18-point loss was a lot closer than that when the game changed. Ellis took a whack to the right leg midway through the third quarter with the Mavs down four points. He left for good and the Spurs tore away from the Mavs for good.

As for Cuban? Well, he wasn’t good with that.

Does commissioner Adam Silver and his team in the league office study film sent in by fans? Well, maybe they should brace themselves. Cuban has 2.8 million followers on Twitter.

A better question: Is that tweet from Cuban a fineable offense? Probably so, because it involves criticizing the officials. Not that Cuban is hurting for cash or even cares.

Cuban had a right to be upset about Ellis not being able to finish the game. Just three days earlier Ellis erupted for 38 against the Spurs in what was easily his best game of the season and allowed him to break free from a shooting slump. And now, this.

In the big picture, the loss allowed the Spurs to split the season series at 2 apiece and increase their lead over Dallas to 1 1/2 games for sixth place. The Mavericks probably aren’t in danger of being caught by OKC, not with Kevin Durant done for the season, if that’s any consolation.

There was no immediate word on the seriousness of Ellis’ injury and he’ll likely be re-evaluated Saturday.


  1. taekayo says:

    Players today just gets so much pampering that some non-calls are considered “injustices”. This is nothing to what MJ has gone through with the Bad Boys and even Allen Iverson against almost everyone in the league. I understand the business of the game and taking care of players is a must. But if you think about it, the injuries today are more frequent that in the 80s and 90s, even when defense were a lot tougher back then. To say that KG is a dirty player today is just funny, as he was just the same defensive player back then.

    That’s what happens when you just shift into having a “soft league”, you create divas (players and managers alike). Resting was not an issue back then, and they endure real physical basketball.

    Bring back the 80’s-90s!!!

  2. bodjee says:

    Cuban is right! More people should be upset the way the game is officiating right now.

  3. Patty says:

    Ellis is a Gifted Payer. It is not Ellis’s fault with what is going onwith the team. Who hired Rondo? That is the problem

  4. Leeddie Clifcan says:

    The sun rises, the sun sets and Cuban whines. All is well in the NBA.

  5. birdie says:

    Mark Cuban is the worst sport in basketball. Boo hoo, Monta doesn’t get calls? Is there a fan anywhere who doesn’t whine like that about their favorite player? He’s an owner, he shouldn’t act like a 12 year old fanboy.

    On the plus side, I do so enjoy the pouty close-ups of Cuban when the Mavs lose.

    • OKC says:

      I totally agree with you, but at the same time I wouldn’t mind the Thunder having a money ball GM who was willing to throw money around….. I hate shark tank…..