He has a chance to get a lucrative long-term deal and he knows more than most players that these opportunities can’t be taken for granted. “I’m finally 100 percent, so I feel good,” Morris told NBC Sports Washington at his annual backpack giveaway in Southeast Washington on Saturday. “My play is gonna speak for itself. The most important thing we’ve gotta do is win as a team. That’s the most important thing.”
Candace Buckner: Markieff Morris revealed that he had a minor surgery on his groin last summer in addition to the sports hernia surgery we knew about
Chris Miller: Markieff Morris (out) flu like symptoms. Kelly Oubre will replace Keef in the starting lineup. #DCFamily #WizBulls
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.
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 12, 2021 | 1:33 pm EDT Update
After more than six months on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, Dinwiddie is eyeing a return to play if the Nets make it to the Finals, the Daily News has learned. A source close to the Nets’ combo guard also says after spending most of the regular season rehabbing in Los Angeles, Dinwiddie is planning to return to the team “sooner than later.” “He’s going to be in Brooklyn to support his team,” the source said. “He definitely is.”
Justin Kubatko: Chris Paul has 61 assists and six turnovers over his last six games. Since the NBA started tracking individual turnovers in 1977-78, Paul is the only player to record 60 or more assists with six or fewer turnovers over a six-game postseason span. He also did so in 2008 and 2015. pic.twitter.com/B4aQFCrQAc
Chris Grenham: Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. participated in the Celtics’ pre-draft workout on Thursday, per source. He has received a G League Elite Camp invite, which begins next weekend in Chicago prior to the NBA Draft Combine.
June 12, 2021 | 8:31 am EDT Update
Sergio Scariolo is a strong candidate for Virtus Bologna head coaching job, as reported by Il Corriere dello Sport and confirmed to Sportando. Sasha Djordjevic’s departure from Virtus Bologna was almost certain when Serie A playoffs started, also considering the elimination in EuroCup semifinals against Unics Kazan and the missed chance to play in EuroLeague next season.
In the locker room after the Nets’ 86-83 loss, there were lots of “atta boys” and “pick your head ups” and “we’ll live with that shot” from teammates, but Irving had a little piece of extra advice. Be like dad. Dunk it. “Kyrie was like, ‘Hey, you gotta try and dunk it, get a foul or something,’” Brown said. “That’s definitely what I should have done. I had the lane and the angle too, so maybe if I did that I’d have gotten a foul call, gotten to the line. If I had taken my two steps toward the rim, I probably could’ve dunked the ball.”
The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and he’d recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brown’s way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, “I shot it too hard, I was trying to get it up a little higher, but he was nowhere near the ball, looking at the pictures and the film. “I could’ve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,” he said. “I made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.”
Harris wasn’t the only one misfiring in the Nets’ 86-83 loss. Add in Landry Shamet (1-for-4) and Mike James (1-for-5), and three Nets who can make a defense pay for double-teaming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were a combined 3-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. If those supporting cast numbers are repeated Sunday in Game 4, the series soon could be tied. “If you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didn’t,” coach Steve Nash said. “I thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but that’s not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.”
Phoenix went on a 14-2 run to build a 20-point lead on the way to a 116-102 win Friday to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in this best-of-7 conference semifinal series. “We have our eyes on the prize,” All-Star guard Devin Booker said.