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Markieff Morris says Wizards-Celtics rivalry should continue even though his brother Marcus is on Boston

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Markieff Morris says Wizards-Celtics rivalry should continue even though his brother Marcus is on Boston

Wizards power forward Markieff Morris was asleep at his home in Philadelphia one morning the first week of July when he heard a knock on his bedroom door. It was 8 a.m. and his brother Marcus was imploring him to wake up.

The fact Marcus, his idential twin, had knocked was unusual. Markieff was immediately thrown off.

"Usually he would just come right in, he would just come in and tell me," Markieff said. "I knew when he asked me to come out the room, I knew there was something wrong."

Nothing truly bad had happened, but what Marcus needed to tell Markieff was very important: Marcus, also an NBA forward, had been traded and not just to any team. In a deal that sent guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, Marcus was heading to the Boston Celtics, the team that knocked the Wizards out of the second round of the playoffs in May and the franchise that has firmly established itself as Washington's biggest rival. 

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Due to many incidents over the past two seasons, the Wizards and Celtics have a stated disdain for each other. Markieff has become a central figure in all of it between sparring with Al Horford, who injured him in Game 1 of the playoff series, to blasting the Celtics through comments in the media. 

Markieff represents the Wizards-Celtics' rivalry as much as anyone and he thinks the beef should continue even with one Morris twin on each side.

"Honestly, I don't think it will change it. I don't think it will mess it up," Markieff said. "I just think it's gonna be a little bit softer than it was, just a little bit. But I think we'll still have our rivalry because we don't like those guys and they don't like us. I don't think that should change with my brother on the team."

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Ultimately, Markieff wants what is best for his brother and he thinks Boston is a great situation. The Celtics were the top seed in the East last season and made the Eastern Conference Finals. Marcus' Pistons didn't qualify for the playoffs this spring. Now both Morris twins are on winning teams.

"I'm happy for him," Markieff said. "I think that was the best move for him, honestly. He gets to play for an organization like Boston. That's once in a lifetime."

The Wizards' full schedule has not been released, but we do know one of the Wizards-Celtics games on tap. They will play at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, the NBA's biggest regular season stage. The Morris family is already talking about their plans, how they will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning together in Boston.

Markieff described the Celtics getting his brother as "a super big move" and added he would rather have Marcus playing with him in Washington. But having his brother be a part of the Wizards-Celtics rivalry is something he is looking forward to.

"I really can't wait until that Christmas game," he said. "Playing against my brother is always fun. It's always special."

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Celtics lose Gordon Hayward to gruesome leg injury in season-opener vs. Cavaliers

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Celtics lose Gordon Hayward to gruesome leg injury in season-opener vs. Cavaliers

Gordon Hayward made his Celtics debut on Tuesday night as Boston took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.

But Hayward's game, and possibly season, came to an end in the first half after the former Jazz small forward suffered a gruesome leg injury.

With the Celtics trailing by 12 in the first quarter, Hayward landed awkwardly under the Celtics basket and his left leg snapped in grotesque fashion, like Paul George's leg did during the summer of 2015.

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To watch the gruesome injury, you can click here. Trust us, it's not good.

You could hear a player on the braodcast scream "He broke his leg. He broke his leg."

Players, both Cavaliers and Celtics, huddled up, hoping for the best. 

Marcin Gortat, John Wall and Bradley Beal are three of the many players to issue the kindest respects following the awful injury.

The Wizards make their season debut on Wednesday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at Capital One Center.

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2017 NBA Power Rankings: How things look at the start

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2017 NBA Power Rankings: How things look at the start

As we open the first week of the NBA season, most people seem to agree when it comes to who's at the very top.

In fact, let's be honest, everyone  is picking the Warriors and Cavs as the two teams to get back to the NBA Finals.

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That's fair for right now, although there's plenty of factors over an 82 game schedule that can alter even the most inevitable results.

Besides, there are a handful of teams on the rise that will be a ton of fun to watch.

The Timberwolves now have a mix of youth and veterans when it comes to talent, while the SIxers may actually get to see The Process play out on the court. 

Not to mention all the new look rosters, from the Thunder, to the Rockets, and the Celtics.

There's a lot of basketball to be played, and a lot of storylines that need to play out. 

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