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Markieff Morris plans to ask Al Horford face-to-face if play that injured him was intentional

Markieff Morris plans to ask Al Horford face-to-face if play that injured him was intentional

BOSTON -- Whether or not Markieff Morris can play Tuesday -- he thinks he can -- he plans on looking Al Horford in the eyes to ask if the play that caused him to injure his left ankle and leave Game 1 was intentional.

"I'm not sure," Morris said of the second-quarter incident Sunday vs. the Boston Celtics. "I'm going to ask him, though. I looked at it a couple times. It's not really that pretty, so I couldn't really watch it too much."

Morris went down in a heap midway through the second quarter of a 123-111 loss for the Wizards in Game 1. The Wizards never looked like themselves after they started the game 16-0.

Morris was booed for staying on the floor for so long to hold up the game. He'd made the jump shot over Horford, got up to hit the foul shot for the infraction and left for good with the Wizards ahead 45-42. 

"He said 'my fault,'" Morris said when asked about the verbal exchange he had with his opponent. "That was his words."

Morris watched his teammates practice at TD Garden wearing slippers with his heavily wrapped left ankle that had a stim device attached. 

[RELATED: Dirty or dangerous? Horford injured Beal two years ago, too]

Morris missed time after first injuring his left ankle in a game vs. the Miami Heat in November.

"He's had treatments all day yesterday and last night. Same thing this morning," coach Scott brooks said. "Will just see how he feels game to game. I don't want to make any call on anything right now. 

"It's a sprain. Our medical team and we'll all get together and do what's best for him. Right now he's out until we see how he feels tomorrow."

Morris' ankle problems go back further than this. In his sixth NBA season, he recalled issues he had even before he was drafted 13th overall in 2011 by the Phoenix Suns. 

"Everybody has their injury. That was my injury. Twisted my ankle a lot," said Morris, who was at Kansas for three seasons. "Been working on them a lot. (Sunday) was one of thsoe things it really didn't matter the strength of your ankles at all. He was just up under me. That was the cause of it.

"I'm feeling better. The swelling went down a whole lot. I'm just going to keep treating it and get ready for Game 2." 

He acknowledges that despite his willingness to play now given that he gauged his ankle pain as a 5 on a scale from 1-10, it'll be the team doctors' decision along with Brooks. He hopes, however, that they take what he thinks into consideration, too.

"I got to pass the protocol for the team. That's final," Morris said. "It's nothing doctors can say to me to not be able to play. Got an X-Ray and I can see clearly it wasn't broken so give me leeway for my decision."

[RELATED: Celtics look to dominate Wizards, not come back]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.

Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.


Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.

While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.


The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week. 

That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.


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