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Chase Hughes: Just talked to Markieff Morris. He told me the team is seeking another opinion on his neck after he underwent an MRI, but he doesn’t know where he’s headed. He said he does not expect to have surgery and hopes to not be out long.
It has been a struggle to understand what Fultz is going through. Last week, a talent evaluator, who I trust impeccably and works as hard at scouting players as anyone I know, told me some of Fultz's challenges have caused him pause. He's now re-examining the way he evaluates players' confidence because he believes that has also been an issue for Fultz. Whether the Fultz mystery has now been solved or not is to be determined. But it has certainly knocked the Sixers for a loop, they have been at a loss on this one for more than a year. No one saw all this coming, not even the Celtics when they traded out of the No. 1 pick and never identified a shoulder issue when they evaluated him. This was another scenario that had no tab in the manual.
Clay Bailey: The Wizards will be without F. Markieff Morris (concussion protocol) and Dwight Howard, who has not played this season recovering from Gluteal soreness.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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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.”
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.
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.
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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“They’re really loaded on him,” Rivers said. “We showed him on film, the flow pass the bounce pass are the two areas where we’re going to need him to be great.” Harris’ scoring is still his calling card and the area that you look at first to cite his playoff improvement: Through eight games, he’s averaging 23.6 points per game on 60 percent true shooting this postseason compared to 15.8 points per game on 46 percent true shooting in last season’s sweep against Boston in the bubble. But especially on those backup units, teams might force Harris to be a distributor. In Game 3, he looked up to the challenge.
Rivers joked on Sunday about how he doesn’t like “football players” in basketball, emphasizing that you can’t rest on defense in basketball. For Korkmaz, who gets on the floor because of his shooting, the defensive side is where he is forced to work harder. “Furk is doing all the little things that are required out of him,” Rivers said. “We’re not asking him to be Ben. But we’re asking him to be a better version of himself defensively. And I think he’s doing that.”
But with the Nuggets’ season on the line, and their two best players — Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray — out (Jokic was ejected at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter due to a flagrant foul 2), Denver scored 43 points over roughly the final 16 minutes. The Suns suffered a bit of a defensive letdown. “We know when we’re not playing the type of defense that we need to be playing,” Devin Booker said after the game. “So we communicate that amongst each other, and we tell each other ‘It’s time to lock in.’ And that’s what we do. But we saw a different style of offense once Jokic went out. Them having JaVale (McGee) picking and rolling to the rim.
Both of them get it, that life is bigger despite being uber-competitive. Paul is known for his relentlessness on the court that borders on maniacal. But even when he was going through his shoulder issues, he kept making it clear people are going through worse and he’d be fine. “To be on this journey with him and to see it paying off is nice,” Paul said. “We’re a lot alike. We stay locked in. I don’t feel good until the buzzer sounds. Mont’s the same way. When the series is over, and the game is over, it’s nice to share those moments.”

Former Celtic Glen Davis on Kyrie Irving's injury: 'Karma is real'

Davis, a member of the Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning squad, had some thoughts on the injury. In an Instagram reply, Davis seemed to imply that it was a result of basketball karma after Irving stomped on Boston’s center court logo earlier in the playoffs. “Karma is real. Energy is real no matter what you guys say,” Davis said in another IG comment. “That logo means something negative or positive. Ky wished that on hisself (sic). Energy is real, always have respect for other no matter if its (sic) a logo are (sic) not.”
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Stephen Curry on joining Team USA: 'I'm literally 50-50'

A gold medal is one thing missing from his resume, but he said he has yet to make up his mind. He continues to look at the logistics of playing in Tokyo. He is curious to learn which other players are planning to go and to see how strong the team will be. “I’m literally 50-50,” he said of his decision. “I probably need to decide in the next two weeks.”
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