In supporting role, Mavs' Ellis stars

"I had a lot of careless turnovers. I don't think I was aggressive enough. I don't think I put enough pressure on the defense," he said. "That's why there are two halves to a game.

"I left that half in the locker room. I wanted to come out and be more aggressive. I wanted to be calm, keep my composure and ride the storm. My teammates did a great job of lifting me up and keeping me in spirit."

Carlisle said he spoke to Ellis at halftime and implored him to keep attacking the basket, because that's when the Mavs are at their best offensively.

Ellis listened, and now he's getting an opportunity to play in a Game 7. It should be fun.

And you should expect Ellis to perform the way he's played each of the past five games. He must, if the Mavs are going to win.

Finally, Nowitzki has another player capable of dominating. It makes a difference because it takes some pressure off the 35-year-old superstar.

No longer must he do everything every game for the Mavs to win.

This remains Dirk's team. And he's still the Mavs' best player, but Ellis is a capable sidekick.

No one is happier than Dirk.

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