It was in the month of December last season when the Wizards hit their stride, when they put behind them an inconsistent start and took off on a run that cemented them as one of the best teams in NBA. Though it was early December when that happened in 2016, Wizards forward Markieff Morris believes the Wizards are close to a similar run.
"It's coming. Don't worry about it," Morris said. "Trust me, it's coming."
From Dec. 8 through March 11 last season, the Wizards went 34-11, the best record in basketball during that span. They were 7-13 when it began and 41-24 by the time it was over.
At 17-14 after 31 games, the Wizards are outpacing themselves from this time last year when they were 15-16, but they haven't put everything together quite yet like they did during the 2016-17 season. Their longest win streak this season is just four games. Due to injuries and trouble against sub-.500 teams, the Wizards have yet to go on an extended run.
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But Morris is seeing signs of life in the Wizards' locker room and can sense they are close to turning a corner.
"We'll get John [Wall] back and all the way back the way he needs to be. We'll get [Otto Porter] back. I'm almost there myself," he said.
Wall continues to work his way into midseason form after missing nine games due to a pair of knee procedures on his left knee. Porter has missed two games due to a right hip contusion.
Morris missed seven games to start the year after having offseason sports hernia surgery, but has not been himself in the months since. He's averaging just 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. His backup, Mike Scott, has been producing about the same (9.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg) while shooting a much higher percentage.
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Morris was a big reason for the Wizards' taking off last year in December. During the 34-11 stretch, he averaged 15.0 points, 7.1 rebounds 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.
Morris says his own improvement is a reason why he thinks the Wizards are close to breaking out. He's starting to get over problems with his right hip and left ankle by utilizing days off to rest and spending more time in the weight room.
"It's how I feel when I wake up," he said. "I feel it when I'm working and then the days after games, I feel better the next day."
There have been times this season where Morris' lack of production has appeared to be a missing piece for the Wizards, but he sounds confident that will change and soon.
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