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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 25, 2021 | 9:21 am EDT Update
So, why does this matter now? Because sources say the Atlanta Hawks are not happy that the league is continuing to look the other way on the matter in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the Hawks’ Game 1 116-113 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, Antetokounmpo — by the Hawks’ internal count — ranged between 11.5 seconds and 13.3 seconds on his eight attempts but wasn’t whistled once.
The Australian Federation announced that guard/forward Ryan Broekhoff and forward/center Isaac Humphries have withdrawn from the national team ahead of the Olympic Games. Broekhoff mentioned mental health issues as the reason he’ll skip playing with the Boomers this summer. “My mental health is something I have struggled with for a long time and I think it’s important for me to put my hand up and admit when things aren’t ok and that it is time to seek help.”
All it took was a phone call with current president Kevin Pritchard and an agreement materialized quickly. “Familiarity with the organization is the a plus for me,” Carlisle, who signed a four-year, $29 million deal, told IndyStar late Thursday night in a phone conversation. “When you’re asked to come back to the same place a third time, that’s a special.”
Carlisle has talked with most of his players already. He didn’t speak with Sabonis, who is with the Lithuanian national team. “I had relevant, constructive conversations about the situation,” he said. “I like the tone. I like the way these guys are talking. It sounds like a group that’s ready to make some sacrifices.”
Brad Townsend: As Jason Kidd begins to assemble his coaching staff, with his formal hiring as Mavericks head coach apparently imminent, 2011 title-team teammates JJ Barea and Jason Terry certainly appear to be strong candidates to rejoin the organization. “I hope,” Barea says.
June 25, 2021 | 9:00 am EDT Update
The candidacy of Jacque Vaughn as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans is “gaining traction”, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Vaughn was previously head coach of the Orlando Magic and has been an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets since 2016.
“I’m not saying he’s going to get his job because Charles Lee on the Bucks’ staff is also going to be a strong candidate. The word coming out of Chicago at the draft combine is that Jacque Vaughn, who is close to Trajan Langdon… Jacque Vaughn is going to get a real serious look and has interviewed I believe with the Pelicans.”
According to several sources, tension arose between both coaches and Griffin when management tried to incorporate its preferences into player evaluations, rotations and general strategy. The strain led to a recognition of differing philosophies between the coaching staff and front office, pulling the Pelicans away from the “shared vision” Griffin so commonly refers to when addressing franchise goals.