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."
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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.