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Ellis + Nowitzki = playoffs

Simple formula: Defenses must respect new Mavs guard, giving Dirk better looks

Updated: October 31, 2013, 10:20 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- It's not always going to be as much fun for the Dallas Mavericks as it was Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

But let's talk about the defensive lapses and turnovers another day.

For now, all our attention should be on Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki, because they put on a show in the opener that will have MFFLs -- Mavs Fans For Life -- giddy with the possibilities of what these two guys can accomplish on the court.

Ellis scored 32 points in his debut and Dirk ...

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