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Closing arguments set for Thursday NBA Morris twins assault trial

Markieff and Marcus Morris

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris, left, and his twin brother, Markieff, talk on bench as the Suns played the Denver Nuggets in during an NBA basketball game in Denver. Opening statements will begin Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, for the trial of the twins, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

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PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments Thursday for the assault trial of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris.

The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.

Hood testified last week his relationship with the twins became strained because of a misinterpreted text message.

The Morris brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA if convicted.

Marcus plays for the Boston Celtics and Markieff is with the Washington Wizards. The trial has forced the twins to miss the start of NBA training camp which began Tuesday. Markieff also had surgery to repair a sports hernia during the time of the trial.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said officials have been in contact with Marcus throughout the trial.