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Markieff Morris | Forward | #5

Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 245
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (13) / PHO
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Markieff Morris said he spent a large chunk of the offseason working on his 3-point shooting.
He shot a career-high 36.2 percent from deep last season, so he has a good foundation to build on. Morris also said he's aiming for more scoring diversity and "staying more consistent" overall. The Wizards didn't address their frontcourt this summer other than bringing in veteran Mike Scott, so Morris will reprise his role as the starting PF. He was a top-75 asset in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples, but fantasy owners can usually grab him pretty late. Aug 14 - 10:07 AM

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Markieff Morris said that his left ankle is still bothering him and that he hasn't practiced since picking up the injury.

"I don't shoot at all. I just go back to treament every day," Morris said. "It's not swollen as much but the pain is still there. It's the worst injury I've ever had." He seemed fine in Game 6 when he scored 16 points with 11 rebounds in 39 minutes, and Morris added that there's no way he will sit out Game 7 on Monday. "[Expletive] this ankle," Morris said. "I'm not worried about my ankle right now. I'm worried about winning."
May 15 - 11:30 AM

Markieff Morris notched 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes on Sunday, helping Washington even their second-round series at 2-2.

Morris was quiet on Thursday with 10 points in just 19 minutes, but his efforts tonight were huge -- among other things, he helped the Wizards earn a dominant 45-31 edge in the rebounding department. Washington also crushed Boston in transition (25-12) and in the paint (56-38), resulting in their second straight victory. We'll see if Morris can maintain this momentum despite having two off-days before Game 5 on Wednesday.
May 7 - 9:20 PM

Markieff Morris (ankle) was sore at practice on Wednesday.

He did not have a setback at practice and this is just a lingering issue for the power forward. Morris rolled his left ankle in Game 1, but he was still able to play 27 minutes in Game 2. He's fully expected to play on Thursday and may also have some added pressure on him after he said his team isn't playing tough enough.
May 3 - 2:28 PM

Markieff Morris voiced his displeasure with his teammates' effort following Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Celtics.

"We're not playing tough enough," said Morris. "We had the advantage late in the game and all we had to do was just play tough. We didn't have to make shots. We didn't have to get stops. All we had to do was play tough. We let them get offensive rebounds late in the game. Guys just walking to the basket and we're just worried about our own personal [expletive]. It's about the team." Game 3 is now essentially a must-win game for Washington after they dropped the first two on the road.
Source: USA Today
May 3 - 1:09 PM

Markieff Morris played through a sprained left ankle in Game 2 vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

He was a true game-time call and coach Scott Brooks even doubted his availability, but Morris was always adamant that he would be out there. Morris sent Al Horford a message early (Horford injured Morris in Game 1) by tossing him into the stands in the opening few minutes and was moving around well, grabbing six rebounds with three assists, two steals, one block and one triple before fouling out in 27 minutes. He should be ready to go with the series shifting to Washington for Game 3 on Thursday.
May 3 - 12:06 AM

Markieff Morris (ankle) will play in Game 2 vs. Boston on Tuesday.

Coach Scott Brooks tried to hold his cards close to his chest for the past couple days, but Morris was always adamant that he would give it a go. He looked fine in the pre-game warmups according to reporters from both teams, but there's certainly some risk here if you're planning on using him in your fantasy lineup.
May 2 - 7:36 PM

Coach Scott Brooks said Markieff Morris (ankle) went through part of shootaround but will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. Boston on Tuesday night.

Morris initially sprained the ankle early in Game 1 and did not return. Speaking with reporters on Monday, Morris was quoted as saying: "I'm playing tomorrow. That's final." However, the Wizards team doctors and coaching staff will have the final say. Coach Brooks said that Kelly Oubre would start if Morris is unable to play. Jason Smith would also see additional minutes.
May 2 - 12:21 PM

Markieff Morris' (ankle) status for Game 2 vs. Boston on Tuesday is still up in the air.

Coach Scott Brooks made it sound like Morris' chances of playing are pretty slim and he was held out of practice on Monday. However, Morris said on Sunday that he would "definitely" play in Game 2 and didn't back down from those comments on Monday. "I'm playing tomorrow. That's final," he said. The reality is that we won't know more until he tries to go through Tuesday's morning shootaround, but the good news is that the swelling is down. Expect guys like Kelly Oubre and Jason Smith to get a bump if Morris can't go.
May 1 - 12:13 PM

Markieff Morris (ankle) said he will "definitely" play in Game 2 against the Celtics on Tuesday.

Morris said he wanted to return to the court in Game 1, but the Wizards’ medical staff ultimately ruled against it. Players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their injuries, and Morris’ ankle could swell up on him overnight, so we’re still going to consider him questionable for Game 2. If he’s out, Kelly Oubre could draw the start and Otto Porter will be forced into heavy minutes.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 4:39 PM

Markieff Morris (sprained left ankle) will not return to Sunday's Game 1 vs. Boston.

Morris rolled his ankle pretty badly, so unfortunately, he could be looking at a multi-game absence for Washington. Kelly Oubre started the second half in his place, and it'll be Oubre, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat logging extended minutes if Morris is forced into an extended absence.
Apr 30 - 2:54 PM

Markieff Morris (sprained left ankle) left Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Celtics and is questionable to return.

Morris was attempting a jumper and twisted his left ankle pretty severely when he landed on Al Horford's foot. While Morris was down for a while, he was able to take his free throw before limping off to the locker room. We'll have an update shortly, but expect the Wizards to play more small ball if Morris can't return.
Apr 30 - 1:54 PM

Markieff Morris scored 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He bookended this series with a terrific Game 1, terrible games leading up to tonight, and just bringing it on both ends in this series-clinching win. Moving forward, the NBA is going to have to look at an incident with Morris leaving the bench. Bradley Beal landed awkwardly and did turn around to confront Kent Bazemore, so Morris left the bench just after the contact. Morris did back away when things were escalating, so he should be OK. If Morris plays like this against the Celtics, the Wizards could be a problem.
Apr 28 - 10:41 PM

Markieff Morris struggled with fouls yet again on Wednesday, contributing eight points, five boards and one block with five personal fouls in 20 minutes.

With former VP Joe Biden in attendance, the Wizards held on for a tense 103-99 victory, giving them a 3-2 edge in the series. Morris is averaging 5.0 fouls in just 23.3 minutes over the past four games, and he's shooting 33.3 percent in that span. The Wizards will need more from him going forward, especially if Jason Smith (calf) is forced to miss any time.
Apr 26 - 9:41 PM

Markieff Morris picked up two quick fouls on Wednesday, finishing a 109-101 win vs. the Hawks with three points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in just 20 minutes.

Morris had a minor issue with his shoes early, but the fouls were his real undoing tonight. He has a brewing feud with Paul Millsap, who said the Wizards were "playing MMA" during Game 1, and the refs were definitely quicker to call fouls tonight. Morris gave no indication that he'll temper his physical style, saying, "I’m just going headfirst every play ... if we’re gonna jostle the whole series then that’s what it’s going to be." Game on.
Apr 19 - 10:15 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1John Wall
2Tim Frazier
3Tomas Satoransky
SG1Bradley Beal
2Jodie Meeks
3Sheldon Mac
SF1Otto Porter
2Kelly Oubre
PF1Markieff Morris
2Jason Smith
3Mike Scott
4Chris McCullough
C1Marcin Gortat
2Ian Mahinmi
3Daniel Ochefu