Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr.
“It was a terrible play. What can I say? Doncic pointed out after his team’s 111-97 loss to the Clippers. “It’s two games in a row that he did something like that. I was really hoping the first game wasn’t on purpose, but looking back on that game’s fault you know what I’m thinking. “
“I don’t want to deal with those kinds of players. Just move on, ”he continued, according to a tweet from Mark Medina of USA Today.
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Morris was seen sliding down and punching the right side of his face from Doncic as he attempted a layup with about a minute left in the first quarter. The impact caused Doncic to crash to the ground before rising to face Morris. Mavericks center Boban Marjanović had to intervene.
After the game, Morris reportedly responded to a Bleacher Report Instagram post, which included a caption to the Mavericks star’s previous comment.
“Cry me a river,” Morris wrote. “Clips in 6.”
Some Instagram users criticized the posting of NBA first-round pick and former Kansas star Jayhawk, while others defended fault.
“I don’t understand a lot of people. You all pretend the NBA is sweet and not as physical as it used to be, but as soon as someone makes a serious mistake to stop an easy basket, you all cry, ”one commentator wrote. .
A heated rivalry had developed between the two players over the course of the series, with Morris having denied deliberately stepping on Doncic’s previously sprained ankle in Game 5 last Tuesday – after video of the incident began to circulate on social networks.
MARCUS MORRIS OF THE CLIPPERS REFUSES TO INTENTIONALLY STEP ON LUKA DONCIC’S INJURED ANKLE
“Basketball has never been more serious about trying to hurt someone,” Morris tweeted Aug. 26. “I don’t apologize for sh ** because I know what I put in this game day in and day out. It was a mistake of mind.[h] he. Competition is the reason I play. ”
The Mavericks have claimed Morris intentionally targeted Doncic’s left ankle twice during the game, sources told ESPN.
“I don’t want to talk to him,” Doncic said after Game 5. “He just told me a lot of bad things the whole game. I just don’t want to talk to him. ”
With their win on Sunday, the Clippers are off to the next round and the Mavericks will have to wait until next year before they can attempt another playoff run.
Still, the future for the Mavs looks bright as Doncic appears to be an NBA star, with even Morris exclaiming, “He’s going to be the face of the league,” according to ESPN.