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Markieff Morris heard Paul Millsap's comments, is prepared for 'double MMA' in Wizards-Hawks

Markieff Morris heard Paul Millsap's comments, is prepared for 'double MMA' in Wizards-Hawks

Markieff Morris and John Wall read what Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard said about the Wizards' physical style of play and each issued a response through the media at Wednesday morning's shootaround ahead of Game 2 [6 p.m. on CSN] of their first round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Morris, for one, had plenty to say about Millsap's assertion the Wizards were "playing MMA."

"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."

[RELATED: Wizards not buying Paul Millsap's MMA remark]

Wall also invoked MMA when asked if the Wizards could be even more physical in Game 2.

"Yeah, totally. Come on. We shot 17 free throws and they had 39. If we were playing MMA, it looked like they got most of the calls. We didn't," he said.

Both Morris and Wall referenced quotes from this article on CSN, where Millsap said he wasn't worried about Morris, or Marcin Gortat, that he wanted to focus on stopping Wall and Bradley Beal. Millsap suggested that Morris and Gortat can't hurt them as much as the Wizards' backcourt stars.

Morris didn't like that.

"I heard Millsap saying that they don't want Brad and John to score as much, that they want to let us score, basically. We're going to adjust to that real well," he said.

The part Wall mentioned was Howard saying he wanted to give it back to the Wizards and play with more contact.

"I see what Dwight said that they wanted to play more physical, well we want to play more physical," Wall said. "They shot more free throws than us. We thought we were being the physical team and attacking the basket. If they feel like we were playing like that, that's the way we've gotta play for the rest of the series."

Millsap also said he thinks Morris is trying to trap him into making the series about the two of them. Morris doesn't buy the theory.

"It ain't between me and him. I guess that's how he wants to take it," he said.

All of this is happening and only one game has been played in the series. 

[RELATED: Oubre on Morris vs. Millsap: 'Keef is better than him']

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Wizards take down another contender with win over Raptors in NBA 2K simulation

Wizards take down another contender with win over Raptors in NBA 2K simulation

Not only are the Washington Wizards dominating the NBA 2K simulation, but they are also doing it against some tough competition. 

With a 70-61 win over the Toronto Raptors, Washington has now won seven of nine simulations. Other victories have come against the likes of the Bucks, Lakers and 76ers. In the 2K world, the Wizards are consistently beating the best.

In the latest win, the formula remained the same as past simulations. Behind another big night from Rui Hachimura (21 points) and some added scoring from Bradley Beal (12 points), the Wizards offense was able to put up enough to get past Toronto. Timely runs in the second half and some stingy defense left the Raptors with no chance to mount a comeback as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Here are some key takeaways from the Wizards win.

Rui keeps on rolling 

There has been no stopping the Wizards rookie in 2K as of late. With 21 points, he now has back-to-back 20-point performances. The first-round pick of Washington in 2019 has been doing it on both ends of the floor, sparking big plays with blocks and finishing at the rim.

Hachimura also stepped behind the line and showed some range on Tuesday, hitting a smooth-looking three-pointer.

It's been a great 2K run for Hachimura overall as of late, as he also took down Donovan Mitchell in the first round of the 2K Player Tournament.

Strong finish

Though the Wizards played well throughout, it was a dominant stretch toward the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth that sealed the win.

A 16-6 run to close the third coupled with a 16-3 run early in the fourth gave Washington a comfortable lead. After taking a 42-41 lead in the third, the Raptors would never lead again.


Dominant inside, efficient outside

Similar to other simulations, the Wizards once again did a lot of their scoring inside the paint. Washington outscored the Raptors 46-32 in the paint, finishing at the rim in multiple ways consistently. 

Thomas Bryant was once again a beast down low, throwing down dunks and recording a team-high 16 rebounds in addition to 10 points to complete a double-double.

Though the real NBA has become a three-point heavy game, it hasn't quite translated to 2K. The Wizards only attempted eight shots from behind the arc on the night, a number that could sometimes come from just a few possessions in a real game. Even more peculiar, Davis Bertans didn't register a single three-point attempt. 

Yet, the Wizards made the most of the attempts, going 4-from-8 from three. Of course, Bradley Beal was in the mix.

Run for the (simulation) playoffs?

In the 2K universe, the Wizards entered Tuesday just two games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth spot in the East. With a win, the virtual team may have inched even closer to the playoffs. 

Simulation-wise, Washington could not have asked for a better stretch of play.

The 2K Wizards will be back in action Friday at 7 p.m. ET against the Rockets. 

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Wizards' Troy Brown Jr. says it was scary hearing Rudy Gobert contracted coronavirus

Wizards' Troy Brown Jr. says it was scary hearing Rudy Gobert contracted coronavirus

By the time Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus and the NBA subsequently suspended the 2019-20 season, a number of teams who'd played Utah leading up to the suspension had to self-quarantine as a precaution. 

One of them was the Washington Wizards.

They suffered a 10-point loss to the Jazz 12 days before Gobert tested positive, so they urged their players to self-quarantine for several days. Fortunately for the Wizards, no player ended up tested positive for the virus.

Washington's second-year wing joined Chris Miller on the Wizards Talk Podcast and gave a window into what his reaction was to the fact he had played the Jazz leading up to Gobert's positive test. 

"I wasn't touching [Gobert]," Brown said with a laugh. "I didn't go in for no layups or anything like that. But all jokes aside though, it was one of those things that was scary because I didn't know really what to expect coming out of it."

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Heading into the league's suspension, Brown was enjoying a strong season where he showed a lot of improvement from his rookie year. He was averaging 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists on much better shooting splits (45.3% FG, 34.5% 3P in 19-20 vs. 41.5% FG, 31.9% 3P in 18-19). 

Brown seemed to have much more success coming off the bench with a unit in which he had more ball-handling opportunities. We'll see if he can continue to grow when basketball returns, though the 20-year-old is forced to focus on the challenges that come with isolation. 

"It definitely is a lot easier being with my family and being in my own space and being able to make decisions for myself," Brown said. "Being in D.C. was kind of hard because I didn't have anybody else there besides my dog, living by myself in quarantine. I feel like it's those people that are struggling with the quarantine stuff being isolated by themselves because you don't really know what to do."

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