Chris Miller: Markieff Morris (out) flu like symptoms. Kelly Oubre will replace Keef in the starting lineup. #DCFamily #WizBulls
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Chase Hughes: Markieff Morris was late to the bench in the third quarter because he had an X-ray on his neck. It came back clean, so he was able to return.
Chase Hughes: Markieff Morris said he was told by the Wizards’ training staff he had whiplash in the 1st half, but he wasn’t sure how he sustained the neck injury: ‘[Heck] if I know.’
Candace Buckner: Markieff Morris will play tonight, “and we’re going to need him. We’re going to need him to play well.” — Scott Brooks said.
Chase Hughes: Markieff Morris is out tonight with right hip soreness. Mike Scott will start.
Chris Miller: Markieff Morris will start (on a minutes restriction 15-16 min. per Brooks) tomorrow vs. @Cleveland Cavaliers #DCFamily #NBA
Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is back for the first time since undergoing hernia surgery on Sept. 22. The power forward just won’t be on the court quite yet. Morris will serve a one-game suspension Wednesday as the Wizards return home to face the Phoenix Suns, a source tells FanRag Sports. The NBA handed down the suspension for leaving Washington’s bench during a tussle in Friday’s road loss against the Golden State Warriors. The 6’10” Morris needed to be cleared by an independent doctor before he could begin serving the suspension. Sitting out Wednesday means he’ll be available for Friday’s anticipated showdown against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tim Bontemps: Scott Brooks says Markieff Morris is getting close. Will practice Tuesday and could be active to play Wednesday against Phoenix.
Inside the UCLA Student Activities Center gym, Morris participated in a full-court game along with teammates Jason Smith, Carrick Felix and Devin Robinson. Although Coach Scott Brooks joked that the game should have been described as “3 1/2 on 3 1/2,” noting that undersized team staffers had to jump in to fill out the rosters, he was impressed while watching Morris through the workout. “He hit a couple of game winners. He’s going pretty hard and he’s feeling great,” Brooks said. “It’s the next step of his progress and return to play.”
Morris, who has not played this season, scored, defended and ran without complications Tuesday. Brooks, however, does not expect he’ll return before the end of the team’s four-game West Coast trip. The Wizards played the Lakers on Wednesday night and face defending champion Golden State on Friday, which will mark the fifth week into Morris’s recovery timeline. The Wizards announced Morris would miss six to eight weeks following his Sept. 22 surgery. If Morris continues to improve, he could return as early as Nov. 1 when the Wizards host the Phoenix Suns or Nov. 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “He’s definitely moving in the right direction,” Brooks said.
Candace Buckner: Kelly Oubre Jr. starting tonight in Denver. Markieff Morris went through shootaround & will have more 1-on-1 work but not playing tonight
Candace Buckner: Interesting info: Morris described his injury as a weakened abdominal wall that needed repairing, which was due to his 2010 sports hernia
Wizards forward Markieff Morris underwent surgery today to repair a sports hernia. The procedure, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. Michael Brunt at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
Candace Buckner: Some #Wizards breaking news… Markieff Morris will undergo surgery this Friday. Expected to miss start of camp.
Morris, 28, will undergo sports hernia surgery Friday in St. Louis, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. While the timeline for his return to basketball activities is undetermined until surgery is complete, it should be expected that Morris will miss at least Wizards training camp, which begins Tuesday in Richmond. Morris recently received the diagnosis for surgery, according to a source, after spending parts of the summer working out in preparation for the upcoming season.
In July, Morris traveled to Las Vegas and participated in informal workouts with several teammates. He then returned to Washington and continued his offseason program. Later in the summer, however, Morris began complaining about deep discomfort as he exhibited symptoms of a sports hernia. Due to family reasons and the court case in Phoenix, the surgery has been delayed until the weekend just before the start of camp.
Bill Doyle: Brooks said of Morris playing through sprained ankle: It’s not ideal. … He’s good enough to play tonight.
Marcus Morris:I wouldn’t play for another team unless I’m on that team. Smooth playing on a sprained ankle. I didn’t expect anything less.
Scott Souza: Markieff Morris and Amir Johnson both listed on Jumbotron as starters for #Wizards & #Celtics, respectively, about 15 minutes before tip.
Abby Chin: Markieff Morris moving and shooting on that L ankle at #Wizards shoot around. Game-time decision. Kelly Oubre gets the start if he can’t go. pic.twitter.com/MFlTLta6Me
Candace Buckner: Markieff Morris: “I’m playing tomorrow. That’s final.” Says his swelling has gone down a lot and will keep receiving treatment.
J. Michael Falgoust: Morris said Horford walked up to him after he want down: “He said my fault. That was his words.” #WizCeltics #WASatBOS
Markieff Morris has needed round-the-clock treatment after spraining his left ankle during the Washington Wizards’ 123-111 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday afternoon. However, Morris announced he will be ready for Game 2 on Tuesday night. “I’m playing tomorrow. It’s final,” Morris said with conviction Monday afternoon. “There’s nothing the doctors can say to me for me not to be able to play.”
David Aldridge: Morris said it was the worst ankle sprain he’s ever suffered. Thought initially he broke it.
Markieff Morris said he will definitely play in Game 2. Said that team wanted him to sit rest of game with ankle injury, see bigger picture for entire series.
Bill Doyle: Brooks said Morris’s sprained ankle doesn’t look good, but he’s not sure on his availability for Game 2.
Candace Buckner: Brooks: “Keef, it was tough losing him,” but #Wizards still have to figure out how to compete.
David Aldridge: Wizards say @Markieff Morris officially out for game with sprained left ankle.
Brian Robb: Morris appeared to land on Horford’s foot and rolled his ankle pretty badly there. He’s still down on the floor.
Chris Mannix: Al Horford approaches, apologizes to Markief Morris. Horford accidentally slid under Morris on that shot, caused a nasty ankle twist.
Jay King: Wizards list Markieff Morris as questionable to return with a sprained left ankle.
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is out tonight with back spasms, Keef Morris (ankle) is in vs. Heat.
Washington Wizards’ starting power forward Markieff Morris will sit out Thursday’s game at the New York Knicks due to a sore right ankle, Coach Scott Brooks confirmed.
Ben Standig: Wizards announce Markieff Morris (ankle) will start.
J. Michael Falgoust: Morris (calf) said he’s in tonight after missing last game v #Nets #WizPacers
Markieff Morris only lasted 10 minutes Friday because of what the Wizards called cramping in his left calf, but CSNmidatlantic.com was told by a person with knowledge of the situation that it could be a mild strain — similar but not as severe as the ailment that kept Nene on the shelf earlier this season.
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He also mentioned talking with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, although that conversation didn’t have as much depth to it. “He told me I should trust the process and come play for Philly,” Antetokounmpo said with a chuckle, drawing a laugh. “That was my reaction — I just laughed.”
That said, this year was different for Antetokounmpo. Armed with the experience of being an all-star for the first time last season, the 23-year-old had a better sense of what to expect this time around. He used that knowledge to better advocate for himself and keep from spreading himself too thin. “Oh yeah, I was definitely better prepared,” he said. “I didn’t do much stuff. I talked with my people and people around me that helped me with the all-star arrangement. I told them that I didn’t want to do much this year because I want to take care of my body. “My first year I did a lot. I couldn’t even rest, I was really, really exhausted. But I think this year I did a better job just arranging the stuff I did.”
For years, the conversation surrounding LeBron James dealt with comparing his talent to that of Michael Jordan. According to most, James has firmly entrenched himself as the second best NBA player of all-time behind Jordan. However, former guard Eddie House joined “Undisputed on Wednesday and accused James of quitting during the 2011 NBA Finals that the Miami Heat lost.
The conversation about playoff reseeding has been going on for quite some time. But it gained a bit more momentum during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discussed the topic at length, even raising the possibility about a future tweak. Count LeBron James as one player who wouldn’t be on board. “I would disagree with that,” James said Wednesday afternoon following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first practice since the break. “I think our league has been built the right way as far as when it comes to the postseason.”
How would you describe the vibe of the team right now? Are you guys bored, more anxious? JaVale McGee: I feel like we’re definitely anxious. I feel like everybody’s going through the season like “Playoffs. Hurry. Up.” Because it’s a whole different atmosphere. People think that because we went 16-1 last year, like it was easy. It wasn’t easy. Those teams were playing hard. We were just, everybody was just so in sync and we were all in playoff mode. It was just amazing like, everybody was like “Yo, we’re in the playoffs, like, it’s time.” The regular season wasn’t anything. When the playoffs come around it doesn’t matter what your record is, and that’s the thing that I admire about the guys. They don’t care what the record is. They don’t care if we went undefeated. We just know that in the playoffs you definitely have to step it up.