Did Al Horford intenionally give the Wizards’ Markieff Morris no room to land, which led to Morris’ severe ankle sprain in Game 1 against the Celtics.
“Not sure if it’s intentional or not,” Morris told CSN Mid-Atlantic Insider J. Michael on Sunday. “Probably not.”
Morris twisted the ankle as he landed on Horford’s foot on his jumper with 7:18 left in the second quarter. He was fouled by Horford, hit the shot, and after writing on the court in pain, remained in the game and made the subsequent free throw then didn’t return.
Not gonna call it dirty but he certainly didn't give Keef a lot of room to land. pic.twitter.com/4iK9HVpbuk— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) April 30, 2017
Horford jumped out at Morris to guard him and turns as Morris landed on his foot. Michael’s story on csnmidatlantic.com points out that Washington guard Bradley Beal was hurt in a similar way against Horford in a 2015 playoff series when Horford was playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
Headlined “Intentional or not, Al Horford has checkered playoff history vs. Wizards with taking out shooters”, the story goes on to call Horford’s move against Beal “a cardinal sin in basketball that he repeated Sunday vs. Markieff Morris.”
Morris told Candace Buckner of the Washington Post that Horford told him "my fault" after the play, and that he's going to play in Game 2 Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Markieff Morris says Al Horford told him "my fault" after the play when he was injured.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 1, 2017
Markieff Morris: "I'm playing tomorrow. That's final."— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 1, 2017
Says his swelling has gone down a lot and will keep receiving treatment.
With a history of bad blood between the teams heading into this series, the Morris injury and speculation about Horford will no doubt add to it.