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Markieff Morris returns to Wizards, is still talking trash about the Celtics

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Markieff Morris returns to Wizards, is still talking trash about the Celtics

After missing the first two weeks of training camp and the preseason, Markieff Morris walked into Capital One Arena on Thursday following a month that featured the birth of his first child, an acquittal of a three-year legal case and sports hernia surgery. Though much had changed in his life recently, his return brought familiarity for a Wizards team that often boasts of their commitment to continuity. Their starting power forward, a man who refers to himself as the team's enforcer, is officially back.

Morris remains sidelined after surgery, hoping to ramp his rehab up to light shooting work in the coming days. But his mere presence is something the Wizards were waiting for, knowing he can still make an impact in a leadership role.

"He looks great, feels great. It's good to have him back," head coach Scott Brooks said. "Our guys are excited to see him."

As mentioned above, there was a lot to catch up on with Morris. As for the surgery, he said his abdominal wall was repaired. He didn't start feeling discomfort until late in the offseason when his preseason workouts were intensified. He remains weeks to a month away from returning, but is excited to be back with his teammates. 

Morris believes he can still help out despite not being in the actual games.

"I will still talk a little s*** to the other team," he said in typical Morris fashion. "That's going to be the most important thing, letting those guys know I have their back regardless of whether I'm in the game or not."

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Morris is of course thrilled to have the legal case behind him. Both he and his twin brother Marcus were acquitted of allegations they jumped a man at an exhibition basketball game. Morris says he was confident the whole time they would get off and "be victorious."

On top of all that going on, Morris' daughter Jyzelle was born in early September. He is still getting used to the lifestyle change.

"It's funny that I have a daughter now. It doesn't really hit you until you're waking up every morning or staying up all night to care for all her needs. She's beautiful and I love her to death," he said.

Morris also offered some additional thoughts on the Wizards-Celtics rivalry now that his brother Marcus plays in Boston. Markieff spoke on the matter in August, but this time was asked about his personal feud with Al Horford. Morris and Horford became enemies during the second round playoff series between the Wizards and Celtics this past spring after Horford undercut Morris on a shot in Game 1, injuring his ankle.

"S***, I'm still gonna kick his ass. We've still got that rivalry," Morris said.

Even so, Morris does think things will be changed now that his brother is in Boston and much of the Celtics' roster has been turned over.

"Ever since that trade, it's kind of felt a little different. Not only with him being traded, but with [Isaiah Thomas] and [Jae] Crowder and all those guys. It feels a little different," he said.

The rivalry may be different, but Morris remains his quotable self.

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USA Women's World Cup: USA vs. Spain, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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USA Women's World Cup: USA vs. Spain, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

The prohibitive favorites coming into the tournament, Team USA has gotten off to a perfect start. Shattering records en route to an 18-0 goal differential in group play, their biggest test thus far has been Sweden, whom they dismantled with ease 2-0.  Now things get serious. 

On June 24 they'll take on Spain in their first game of the single-elimination knockout round. If they win, they'll take on France in the round of eight, who defeated Brazil in extra time. Spain finished Group B in second place (1-1-1, 4pts), while USA finished Group H in first place (3-0-0, 9pts).

Team USA is attempting to become the first team since Germany in 2007 to repeat as World Cup champions. 

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. SPAIN

Who: Team USA vs. Spain
What: Game 4 Women's World Cup
When: Monday, June 24
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
TV Channel: FS1, NBCSN
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • Spain and the U.S. have never faced off in a World Cup match. The last time they played each other was an international friendly on Jan 22, 2019, where USA won 1-0. 
  • In their 13-0 rout over Thailand, USA set the record for most goals in a game and Alex Morgan tied the record for most goals in a game (5) 

 

WHAT'S THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT LOOK LIKE?

Sweden vs. Canada: 3:00 p.m. ET, 6/24, FOXS1

Italy vs. China PR: 12:00 p.m. ET, 6/25, FOXS1

Japan vs. Netherlands: 3:00 p.m. ET, 6/25, FOXS1

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Elena Delle Donne's second consecutive double-double powers the Washington Mystics past the Atlanta Dream

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Elena Delle Donne's second consecutive double-double powers the Washington Mystics past the Atlanta Dream

The Washington Mystics captured their seventh victory of the season in an 89-73 rout of the Atlanta Dream Sunday afternoon. 

Mystics' forward, Elena Delle Donne led all scorers with 21 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and added 12 rebounds; this marked Delle Donne's second consecutive double-double of the season. 

Delle Donne came out of halftime scorching as she scored eight of her 21 points in a game-changing 14-0 run to begin the third. The Mystics' ended the third quarter outscoring the Dream 28-7 and never looked back. 


Kristi Toliver tallied 17 points and drilled three of her six 3-point attempts; those 3-pointers were enough to move her above Nicole Powell for ninth all-time in 3-pointers made (581). 

The Mystics are currently leading the league in points (85.6) and 3s per game (9.13).

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