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Markieff Morris cleared to play in Game 2, will start against Celtics

Markieff Morris

Washington Wizards’ Markieff Morris holds his leg during the second quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, April, 30, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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After Game 1, Markeiff Morris called his second-quarter ankle sprain the worst of his career, so bad he thought he broke it.

Two days later, he’s playing on it. Which is forcing the Celtics to adjust.

Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports broke the news.

Morris tested his ankle pregame and decided he could make a go of it.

This had to make coach Scott Brooks happy — the Wizards need Morris in this series. In Game 1, the Wizards were +7 with him on the court. Boston likes to play small with Al Horford at the five, Morris allows the Wizards to match that lineup and hold their own. Morris also brings some toughness and attitude to the front court.

It forced Brad Stevens to adjust and start Amir Johnson.