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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 (illness) returned from a two-game absence on Monday vs. the Celtics, scoring 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
He didn't look limited and it's safe to say he's over his flu. Morris added four rebounds, one block and one triple in 31 minutes, and while he has slowed down significantly since the All-Star break, he's still a decent low-end option with three more games this week and four games next week. Hopefully he heats up soon. Mar 20 - 11:08 PM

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Markieff Morris (illness) will return to the starting five for Monday's game against the Celtics, sending Jason Smith back to the bench.

Morris will be returning from a two-game absence tonight, and there's been zero talk of a potential minutes limit, so his owners can feel free to get him active. Smith had a nice run in his previous two starts, but he'll likely return to being a non-factor with the second unit on Monday.
Mar 20 - 6:15 PM

Markieff Morris (illness) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Celtics.

Morris has been battling the flu and missed the previous two games, but he went through shootaround and it sounds like he's fully expected to return which will bump Jason Smith back to the bench. Morris has slowed down a bit since the All-Star break, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues with four games on the schedule this week and next week.
Mar 20 - 12:32 PM

Markieff Morris (illness) is out against the Hornets on Saturday.

He did travel, but he is going to miss both games of the back-to-back set. Morris should be well enough to play on Monday night against the Celtics. For tonight, Jason Smith will look to build off his stunning 17-point Friday. That is unlikely to happen again, but feel free to chase that line in a much worse matchup against Marvin Williams. Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic and Ian Mahinmi may also slightly benefit.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: John Wall’s usage jumps 6.7% when Morris is off and Smith is on – 38.7% over a 286.4-minute sample. Smith’s rate drops a touch - 1.4% to 16.3% - when he shares the court with Wall but he manages to produce 0.77 FD points and 0.82 DK points per minute. At minimum salary, he’s projects as our top value option. Both players are solid targets as Charlotte allows the 11th-most fpts per game. Wall will have lower ownership - we’re projecting 15-17.5%.
Mar 18 - 5:47 PM

Markieff Morris (illness) will not play against the Bulls on Friday and Jason Smith will start in his place.

He has a sinus issue and this news came out of nowhere just a few minutes ago. With Morris out, Smith should see minutes close to 20, but you can bet the Wizards will use a lot of lineups with Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic at the forward spots. Plus, Marcin Gortat's minutes are also safer because Morris has played a lot of five recently.
Mar 17 - 6:32 PM

Markieff Morris is unlikely to play against the Bulls on Friday night.

We don't have any reason yet, but it may be his troublesome calf injury. If Morris is indeed out, that should mean more minutes for Bojan Bogdanovic while Otto Porter should be very busy. Jason Smith would also benefit and may start. Kelly Oubre could start, as well. Stay tuned.
Mar 17 - 6:30 PM

Markieff Morris was quiet during Wednesday's home loss, fouling out with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Head coach Scott Brooks wanted his team to lock in defensively after a tough loss to the Wolves, but instead they gave up 112 points on 50.6 percent shooting to the Mavs tonight. Morris has been a mid-round value since the break, so owners should give him a pass for this unusually quiet performance.
Mar 15 - 11:12 PM

Markieff Morris made a game-winning jumper against the Blazers on Saturday, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

While he did get the game-winning make, he got lucky because the refs missed him stepping out (video in link below). Morris also turned in his best game in a long time. His fantasy owners probably shouldn't go nuts, but go ahead and start him in all leagues with four games.
Mar 12 - 3:18 AM

Markieff Morris scored 10 points with six rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 26 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

He's slumping again. In his last five games, Morris averaged just 9.2 points, 4.8 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 treys on 38.5 percent from the field. He does play some center with the new rotation tweaks, but his usage and minutes are being affected by Bojan Bogdanovic. Morris is still worth owning, but the best part of his season is absolutely behind him.
Mar 11 - 1:51 AM

Markieff Morris has been fined $25,000 for kicking Mason Plumlee in the groin.

That means he's not going to be suspended for Friday's game against the Kings. Morris' kick on Wednesday may have been the worst one of the season and he certainly could've been suspended here. He should be looking at around 30 minutes tonight in a plus matchup.
Mar 10 - 4:55 PM

Markieff Morris was ejected in the fourth quarter for kicking Mason Plumlee below the belt.

It was bad and an easy call for the refs to eject Morris. Based on the precedent set by guys like Draymond Green, Morris could definitely be looking at a one-game suspension here. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.
Mar 8 - 11:13 PM

Markieff Morris played 25 minutes and hit just 1-of-5 shots for six points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in Tuesday's exciting 131-127 win over the Suns.

The Wizards built a big lead in early and then watched the Suns chip away, winning both the third and fourth quarters. We were expecting Morris to be fired up to play against his former team, but the opposite seemed to happen, as Morris even had a crucial turnover with the game on the line. John Wall took over and saved the game for the Wizards and Morris is officially struggling, scoring a total of 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting over his last two games. And over his last five, he's shooting just 38 percent. Look for him to get back on track against the Nuggets on Wednesday night, but if you used Morris over the cheaper Julius Randle in DFS tonight, you might need some time to lick your wounds.
Mar 8 - 12:01 AM

Scott Brooks said that Markieff Morris (thigh) will start and he anticipates him playing his usual minutes Sunday vs. the Magic.

Morris sat out Saturday's practice with a bruised thigh, but he was never in any real danger of missing today's game. Over the past 10 games, Morris has been operating with a top-35 evaluation in standard 9-cat leagues, so make sure you've got him active.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Morris is averaging 17.4 points and 8.2 boards over his past 24 games and he's accumulated seven double-doubles in that stretch. Despite putting together three solid games in a row, his salary is still $900 below its peak from a week ago on DraftKings. We're projecting his ownership at 12.5% on the site, which makes him an appealing target in a nice spot against Orlando's below-average defense. According to our NBA First Look rankings, which blends season-long defense vs. position stats (DvP) with current trends, Orlando is 17th against opposing power forwards.
Mar 5 - 3:21 PM

Markieff Morris (left thigh contusion) did not practice on Saturday but is expected to play Sunday vs. Orlando.

Morris played well in 37 minutes on Friday night and didn't seem adversely impacted by any injury. This may simply be a maintenance issue. We should receive confirmation Sunday morning after shootaround.
Mar 4 - 1:14 PM

Markieff Morris hit 8-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, six rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 33 minutes of Tuesday's 112-108 win over the Warriors.

Morris has had a pretty amazing season for the Wizards and continues to impress. He was thrown out of Sunday's game and fined for his actions, but picked up right where he left off after avoiding a suspension for throwing the ball at a game official (and into the stands). He's been one of the more pleasant surprises of the entire season.
Feb 28 - 9:39 PM