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Markieff Morris: Wizards might do ‘double-MMA’ next against Hawks

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards - Game One

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards and Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks go after a loose ball in the first half in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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After his Hawks lost Game 1, Paul Millsap accused the Wizards of, “playing MMA.”

Washington forward Markieff Morris: Yup.

Morris, via Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

“If that’s MMA, then what we do next might be double-MMA from what I heard,” he said.

He brought up the MMA three more times during his media scrum:

1) “I’m a big MMA fan.”

2) “We’re going to stay physical and stay playing MMA basketball.”

3) “I guess if we’re playing MMA, they’re giving them all the fouls.”


Millsap has insisted he won’t get caught in Washington’s trash-talking or in a personal feud with Morris. Morris is doing everything he can to provoke Millsap.

The Wizards are better than Atlanta, and they looked tougher than Atlanta in Game 1. The Hawks can’t change the former. Will they change the latter? Washington appears committed to making that a tall task in Game 2 tonight.