It's easy to forget what Markieff Morris is playing through as the Wizards head into Game 7 vs. the Boston Celtics. He can't practice. He's not anywhere near top form, but he doesn't care about his left ankle.
"(Expletive) this ankle," Morris told CSNmidatlantic.com. "I'm not worried about my ankle right now. I'm worried about winning."
That came after he limped away from Friday's thrilling comeback to beat Boston on John Wall's three-pointer, 92-91.
Morris logged 39 minutes on an ankle that was injured in Game 1 when Al Horford stuck his foot underneath him on a jump shot that caused a him to crash to the floor. Morris didn't return in that loss, but he hasn't missed a game despite it being the worst injury that he has experienced in his career.
"Keef’s minutes were tremendous all game long," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of his combo forward who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. "He’s been nursing an ankle injury but never, not once, has he made an excuse. I’m proud of that."
Morris' three-pointer put the Wizards up 82-80 with 3:45 left in Game 6 and then the Celtics would go on a 7-0 run to set the up a frantic finish that included big shots by Bradley Beal and Wall down the stretch.
It was Morris' defense forced Isaiah Thomas into a turnover that lead bo Beal's three-pointer. Morris also stay on top of Thomas on the last possession that forced the 5-9 point guard to miss the potential winning shot from long range.
"I don't shoot at all. I just go back to treament every day," said Morris, who hasn't practiced since the onset of the injury. "It's not swollen as much but the pain is still there. It's the worst injury I've ever had."