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Monta Ellis needs to play like No. 1

After outstanding regular season, Mavs guard needs better effort in postseason

Updated: April 23, 2014, 2:06 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

Dirk Nowitzki has earned our trust, a lifetime of it, if you will. He's been named the league's Most Valuable Player before, and he owns an NBA Finals MVP trophy.

We've seen Dirk deliver at winning time in the postseason so many times that we can write off his uncharacteristic performance in Game 1 of the Dallas Mavericks first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs as a fluke.

Really, how often is he going to make just four of 14 shots and score only 11 points? Dirk ...

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