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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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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

Here are the best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 129-124 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night...

1. The Wizards couldn't do much to stop Dwight Howard in this one, but he did have one of his shots blocked. It was by the rim, though.

Watch Howard rise for an alley-oop, only to be rejected by the rim. 

That was about the only thing Howard did wrong. He finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds.


2. Bradley Beal didn't have a great shooting night, as he finished 7-for-22 despite dropping 22 points. He had a few nice dunks in the first half including this one:

3. John Wall had a strong game with 31 points and 11 assists on 13-of-26 shooting. This was his best assist, a thread-the-needle dish to Markieff Morris.

4. Here's another dunk from Beal, this one with two hands for good measure:

5. This was the best dunk of the night. Kelly Oubre, Jr. caught the Hornets sleeping with a nice putback slam. 

The Wizards closed their road trip a disappointing 1-2, but at least the game was entertaining.


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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

The Washington Wizards lost the Charlotte Hornets 129-124 in overtime on Wednesday night at the Spectrum Center. Here's analysis of what went down...

Frustrating loss: The Wizards will not head into the Thanksgiving holiday a happy bunch. After an impressive road win at the Milwaukee Bucks, they let a winnable game slip away against the Hornets. They were up nine points with 3:32 left in the fourth, yet allowed the Hornets to force overtime and then dominate the extra period.

Defense was the problem for Washington. After holding opponents to 95 points or less in six of their last seven games, the Wizards gave up 129 points to an average offensive team. Yes, 15 of those points came in overtime, but the Wizards won't be happy with their defense after this one. They will probably regret the 53 bench points they gave up more than anything.

Beal, Wall heated up late: Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal had a rhythm in the first half, but both woke up later on for the Wizards. Wall had eight points in the first half, but on 3-for-11 shooting. Beal had seven points, but also on 3-for-11 from the field.

Stars can only be held in check for so long and Wall and Beal broke ultimately broke through. Wall had 11 points in the third quarter and Beal had seven. 

For a while it looked like Wall and Beal had taken the game over, but the Wizards couldn't take advantage despite Wall ending up with 31 points and 11 assists and Beal having 22 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Beal's night was highlighted by a series of dunks in the first half, including this one with two hands:


Howard was a beast: The Wizards did a good job limiting Dwight Howard this past spring when they faced the Hawks in the playoffs, but they had no such luck on Wednesday in their first meeting with Howard's Hornets. Howard was dominant down low with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Hornets did a good job feeding him in the post and when he has position there are little options beyond sending him to the free throw line. 

Marcin Gortat (eight points, 11 rebounds) is a good match for Howard on most nights. They know each other well as former teammates with the Orlando Magic. Gortat had a fine game, but Howard was at his best on Wednesday. He was coming off of a 25-point, 20-rebound performance and he kept it going against the Wizards.

Howard also blocked Beal's buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. Beal got the ball with two seconds left and tried driving to his left down the baseline. Howard read the move and swatted the ball out of bounds. Howard then had a big bucket with less than a minute to go. He had a putback on an airballed three that was a backbreaker for the Wizards, who needed a stop.

Meeks and Scott were a plus: The Wizards got a nice boost from their bench from Jodie Meeks (nine points) and Mike Scott (13 points), two guys who have proven this season to be instant offense when they're at their best. Scott came in and hit a three with a pair of midrange jumpers in the first half. Meeks was getting it down in the paint with floaters and layups on nice cuts to the basket. 

Scott hit three threes and is now shooting 44.8 percent for the season. It's only on 29 attempts, but that's not bad at all.

Lamb was a problem: The Wizards had a lot of trouble with Hornets reserve Jeremy Lamb, who has been Charlotte's most improved player so far this season. He was a force off the bench with 24 points in 37 minutes. Lamb has always had a lot of potential as a freak athlete with a sweet jumper. He may be starting to truly put it all together.

The Wizards even tried Kelly Oubre, Jr., one of their best defenders, on him. But Lamb kept getting buckets and added seven rebounds and five assists. 

Up next: The Wizards are off for Thanksgiving and Friday. They pick back up on Saturday with the Portland Trail Blazers in town. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.