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Markieff Morris plans to ask Al Horford face-to-face if play that injured him was intentional

Markieff Morris plans to ask Al Horford face-to-face if play that injured him was intentional

BOSTON -- Whether or not Markieff Morris can play Tuesday -- he thinks he can -- he plans on looking Al Horford in the eyes to ask if the play that caused him to injure his left ankle and leave Game 1 was intentional.

"I'm not sure," Morris said of the second-quarter incident Sunday vs. the Boston Celtics. "I'm going to ask him, though. I looked at it a couple times. It's not really that pretty, so I couldn't really watch it too much."

Morris went down in a heap midway through the second quarter of a 123-111 loss for the Wizards in Game 1. The Wizards never looked like themselves after they started the game 16-0.

Morris was booed for staying on the floor for so long to hold up the game. He'd made the jump shot over Horford, got up to hit the foul shot for the infraction and left for good with the Wizards ahead 45-42. 

"He said 'my fault,'" Morris said when asked about the verbal exchange he had with his opponent. "That was his words."

Morris watched his teammates practice at TD Garden wearing slippers with his heavily wrapped left ankle that had a stim device attached. 

[RELATED: Dirty or dangerous? Horford injured Beal two years ago, too]

Morris missed time after first injuring his left ankle in a game vs. the Miami Heat in November.

"He's had treatments all day yesterday and last night. Same thing this morning," coach Scott brooks said. "Will just see how he feels game to game. I don't want to make any call on anything right now. 

"It's a sprain. Our medical team and we'll all get together and do what's best for him. Right now he's out until we see how he feels tomorrow."

Morris' ankle problems go back further than this. In his sixth NBA season, he recalled issues he had even before he was drafted 13th overall in 2011 by the Phoenix Suns. 

"Everybody has their injury. That was my injury. Twisted my ankle a lot," said Morris, who was at Kansas for three seasons. "Been working on them a lot. (Sunday) was one of thsoe things it really didn't matter the strength of your ankles at all. He was just up under me. That was the cause of it.

"I'm feeling better. The swelling went down a whole lot. I'm just going to keep treating it and get ready for Game 2." 

He acknowledges that despite his willingness to play now given that he gauged his ankle pain as a 5 on a scale from 1-10, it'll be the team doctors' decision along with Brooks. He hopes, however, that they take what he thinks into consideration, too.

"I got to pass the protocol for the team. That's final," Morris said. "It's nothing doctors can say to me to not be able to play. Got an X-Ray and I can see clearly it wasn't broken so give me leeway for my decision."

[RELATED: Celtics look to dominate Wizards, not come back]

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Former Wizard Marcin Gortat announces retirement

Former Wizard Marcin Gortat announces retirement

Long-time NBA veteran, and former Wizard, Marcin Gortat is retiring from the NBA, the center announced in a video via the Polish news station TVP.

At 35-years old, the big man had been out of the league this season following spending 2018-19 with the Los Angeles Clippers. In the video, Gortat mentioned that he gave himself the year off to weigh his options, and he now realizes it is the right time to hang it up.

A 12-year career, the "Polish Hammer" was a consistent and reliable force down low for the four teams he played for. Some of his best years came in D.C. with the Wizards. In five seasons with Washington from 2013-18, Gortat averaged at least 10 points in four seasons and played in at least 75 games in all five campaigns. 

His time with the Wizards also included three trips to the postseason. Gortat was traded to the Clippers for Austin Rivers following the 2018 season and was waived in February of 2019. 

An intense competitor, some NBA players have already begun to share their appreciation for Gortat, and more are sure to chime in.

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Florida Gators mascot weighs in on Bradley Beal's All-Star snub

Florida Gators mascot weighs in on Bradley Beal's All-Star snub

On the eve of the NBA All-Star game, Bradley Beal attended a basketball game at his alma mater instead of preparing for the NBA All-Star game. 

Beal, of course, was not named an All-Star despite displaying the highest scoring average ever for a player not named to the league's midseason exhibition. 

Beal felt disrespected by it, his fiancee Kamiah Adams and his agent Mark Bartelstein were certainly mad about it, Moe Wagner faulted himself and the rest of the Wizards for the All-Star snub.

You can now include the University of Florida mascot as someone who's less than pleased with the NBA's head coaches for failing to vote Beal in as an All-Star reserve. 

In a tweet from Adams, Albert the Gator is holding up a sign that says, "Bradley Beal should be an All-Star. #SNUBBED."

Beal spent his freshman season playing at Florida before he was drafted third overall by the Wizards in 2012. 

Whether you think Beal was snubbed or believe winning should be valued more than counting stats, it's hard to ignore just how many people have made it clear they disagree with Beal's exclusion from All-Star weekend. 

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