Monta Ellis to have MRI on hamstring

Updated: February 8, 2014, 12:34 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Guard Monta Ellis will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of a strained right hamstring.

Ellis suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 103-81 win Friday night over the Utah Jazz.

After exiting the game with 3:35 remaining, Ellis limped to the locker room with Dallas assistant athletic trainer Dionne Calhoun.

Ellis was moving slowly after the game but was vague when asked how much time he might miss.

"We'll see how it feels in the morning," said Ellis, who led the Mavs with 22 points in the win. "Get an MRI and go from there."

Ellis has emerged as an explosive scoring sidekick for Dirk Nowitzki after signing a three-year, $25 million deal with Dallas this past summer.

He ranks 22nd in the league in scoring with 19.5 points per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and averaging a team-high 5.8 assists.

If Ellis can't play in Sunday's road game against the Boston Celtics, Devin Harris will likely take his spot in the starting lineup.

"You can't replace what he does," said Harris, who missed the first half of the season while recovering from toe surgery. "We'll have to do it by committee. He's been playing great for us."

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