The Mavs’ leading scorer has been ruled out for Sunday night’s road game against the Indiana Pacers due to a right calf injury suffered during Friday night’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs. It will end Ellis’ streak of 237 consecutive games played, which dates to the 2012-13 season opener.
Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs did not have a firm timetable for Ellis’ return, but they do not consider the injury serious.
“He’s off crutches, but he’s still very sore,” Carlisle said. “It’s not considered serious, but it is something that’s a great concern for us.”
Reserve guard J.J. Barea is also unavailable against the Pacers. He will miss his fourth consecutive game due to a sprained left ankle.
Swingman Richard Jefferson will replace Ellis, who averages 19.1 points per game, in the Mavs’ starting lineup Sunday night.
Ellis has played despite injuries on numerous occasions during his stint with the Mavs, most notably a hamstring strain last season and a left hip strain suffered just before the All-Star break that nagged him for weeks.
While Carlisle did not completely rule out Ellis playing Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Mavs will exercise caution in this case, wanting to have Ellis be as healthy as possible for the playoffs.
“He’s a guy that has bounced back quickly from aches and pains and being banged up, but this is a different situation,” Carlisle said. “Our goal is to get him as healthy as possible. Our goal is to get Barea as healthy as possible. When they’re healthy, we’ll have them back playing down the stretch of the regular season.”