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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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John Wall and Bradley Beal sport Elena Delle Donne’s face mask in WNBA Playoffs

John Wall and Bradley Beal sport Elena Delle Donne’s face mask in WNBA Playoffs

The newest celebrity fashion statement in Washington D.C. is sporting Elena Delle Donne face mask.

Just ask Washington Wizards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The two Wizards superstars made it out to the Entertainment and Sports Arena supporting their fellow D.C. athletes Thursday evening. The Mystics were playing Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces.

Wall attended Game 1 as well with the Wizards first-round draft pick Rui Hachimura. Several other Wizards were spotted throughout the first two games of the series. 

Since mid-July, Delle Donne has worn a face mask after suffering a nasal fracture in a game. The injury forced the 2019 WNBA MVP to miss two contests until being cleared for play. Even though she no longer is required to wear the mask, medically, Delle Donne continues to wear it for the remainder of the year.

Earlier in the regular season, Redskins running back Derrius Guice also took in a Mystics game in a Delle Donne mask.

Just next time, someone give John a hand. He’s recovering from an injury after all.


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Elena Delle Donne celebrates second WNBA MVP award by crediting others

Elena Delle Donne celebrates second WNBA MVP award by crediting others

WASHINGTON -- A lot can change in four years, and for Elena Delle Donne, that has certainly been the case. As she stood at the podium on Thursday at St. Elizabeth's Arena to accept the 2019 NBA MVP award, she reminisced on her journey since 2015, the first time she got the honors.

Back then she was 26 years old, playing for the Chicago Sky and "wide-eyed," as she put it. A blockbuster trade, several injuries and a wedding later, she is MVP again.

"I've definitely grown so much," Delle Donne said. "It's a different vibe now. I just have a different feel being so settled and happy where I am." 

Delle Donne is quick to deflect compliments and spent much of her press conference tipping her cap to others. She thanked her teammates and coaches and said she wouldn't be able to win MVP without them.

She also thanked the Mystics front office and ownership group as they were getting set for Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces.

"Thank you to the organization. This is a first-class organization that really makes coming to work nice," she said. 

"You get to show up and we have a chef cooking for us. It's just a phenomenal place to be a part of. It feels like a family and I absolutely love D.C."

Delle Donne's most effusive praise was reserved for her wife, Amanda. Delle Donne went into detail about how her support makes the success she has on the court possible.

"She's the one I get to go home to and she keeps my head straight. She has to deal with all my craziness. She makes my pregame meals and basically gets everything in order for me," Delle Donne said.

Though Delle Donne talked mostly about others, the occasion was to celebrate her. Whether she is comfortable talking about herself or not, her accomplishments speak for themselves. She is now one of six players in WNBA history to win multiple MVP trophies and the first to do so with two different teams.

She got 41 of 43 first-place votes this time around after placing second in the league in scoring (19.5 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and 11th in blocks (1.29 bpg). She was the first player in WNBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line.

Delle Donne is in the midst of a historic career. And now at 30 years old, she understands her place in the sport has context that goes way beyond trophies at stats.

"It's always incredible to know that something you've done will go down in history. It's even more inspiring to know that there are little girls looking up to me that maybe can do the same or do more. That's what I did when I was younger because I had them to look up to," she said.