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Ellis (ankle) vows not to miss any games

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis has said many times that if he can walk, he can play.

Ellis was walking, albeit very slowly and gingerly, after Sunday night's 112-107 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has no doubt he'll be ready to play Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards, despite a sprained left ankle suffered late in the victory.

"I'm not missing no games," Ellis said. "I'll go home and take care of what I need to take care of tonight, take care of it tomorrow and get ready for the game."

Ellis, who has played in 196 consecutive regular-season games, suffered the injury after landing awkwardly on his left foot on a drive with 1:57 remaining in the game. He immediately clutched his left ankle and stayed on the court for a couple minutes while getting attention from the Mavs' medical staff before limping off the floor on his own and watching the rest of the game from the bench.

Ellis had a plate and screws inserted in that ankle in the summer of 2008 to repair the damage done in a moped accident. That plate might have saved him from suffering a more serious sprain Sunday night.

There are several examples of Ellis' willingness to play through injury and illness during his season-and-a-half stint with the Mavs. He surprised the coaching staff by going on a trip before the All-Star break after straining his hamstring, much less playing in each of the games. He was so ill during Friday night's win over the Los Angeles Lakers that he vomited in the restroom of a suite near the players' entrance to the court late in the first half, but he still played 34 minutes.

That's why nobody doubts Ellis' word that he'll be ready against the Wizards.