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Markieff Morris gets best of twin brother Marcus in Wizards' win

Markieff Morris gets best of twin brother Marcus in Wizards' win

Markieff Morris returned to the Wizards' starting lineup on Friday night, giving Washington their best power forward just in time to face a Detroit Pistons team that features a lot of beef in the middle with guys like Andre Drummond and Tobias Harris down low. It also gave Morris a rare opportunity to face off with another NBA player he knows quite well.

That would be Marcus Morris, his twin brother whom he played with both in college at Kansas University and in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns. Markieff and Marcus were both in their respective starting lineups and found themselves guarding each other from time to time throughout the night.

Their matchup was highlighted by a play in the third quarter that saw Marcus taking it hard to the rim on a fastbreak. Markieff met him there and blocked his shot out of bounds, sending Marcus down to the ground in a heap under the basket. Markieff then helped Marcus up and the two shared a laugh.

It was a moment of levity in an otherwise heated battle and it brought some pretty great quotes from the postgame locker room, including Markieff describing what their mother was probably thinking watching the play.

"She just sits there and watches it. I know she said I was probably going to hurt her baby when I knocked him down," he said.

Markieff and Marcus chatted for a moment before the next play. Markieff said his brother thought it was a foul:

"He could have got the foul; [I] wish he had got the foul."

Markieff's teammates found the whole dynamic entertaining.

"That was funny. I just wanted to see what would happen after the play," John Wall said.

"Kief said that's his dog, but he still had to do what had to be done. So, no hard feelings in here," said Bradley Beal, whose brother played Division I basketball. "At this level I can only imagine what that's like [to play your brother]. That's probably an amazing feeling. I definitely know the hype and the competitiveness behind the game, too."

Markieff and Marcus have played against each other plenty of times before, but they are still more used to playing together. For so many years they were on the same team, now they are adversaries on teams jockeying for position in the Eastern Conference.

That doesn't mean he can't wish his brother well.

"I just want to see him do good. Again, as long as we win, he can do good. And we won, it’s cool," Markieff said.

Markieff got the win and had the better night with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Marcus scored just two points and shot 1-of-8 from the field.


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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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