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Markieff Morris expected to be okay after injuring ankle vs. Heat

Markieff Morris expected to be okay after injuring ankle vs. Heat

For most of their 114-111 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday night, the Wizards played without their starting power forward, Markieff Morris, who went down after twisting his ankle in the second quarter and never returned. 

The dropoff was stark after Morris left, as the Wizards struggled defensively against a Heat team that usually has problems scoring. But Morris is expected to be fine after X-rays came back negative on his ankle.

"I think he's going to be alright," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I just wanted to be real cautious going into the second half. They were playing a lot of smallball. I'm assuming he will be fine for tomorrow's practice and the next game."

That next game happens to be against the Phoenix Suns, the team that traded Morris to Washington last February. Morris too believes he will be good to go on Monday.

"I'll be good," he said. "I could have continued playing."

Morris' presence was sorely missed for the Wizards, who fell to 3-9 on the season. The Heat outrebounded Washington 48-38 and score 42 of their points in the paint.

John Wall and Bradley Beal each had strong nights offensively with 34 points apiece. But besides them, only Marcin Gortat reached double digits and he didn't get there until the fourth quarter.

Gortat had his best game of the season with 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists. But Morris - who only logged nine minutes - was needed at times on defense with Heat star Hassan Whiteside (18 points, 18 rebounds) down low.

"It was tough," guard Bradley Beal said. "Having that physical presence who can stretch the floor as well, and a guy who can help rebound [is important]. It helps out Marcin, who was battling one-on-one with the beast down there. Us guards need to help him out more. Not having Kief was a little tough for us, but we still had chances to win. Guys have to step up. When guys go down, guys have to step up. We still had a chance to win."

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow. 

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