Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris has hit back at claims that he intentionally tried to injure Mavericks star Luka Doncic during the Clippers game 5 victory.
Marcus Morris rebuked all claims of intentionally trying to injure Luka Doncic who has lit up the series so far. Luka Doncic remained skeptical about the incident after the sophomore guard was asked about the incident in his post-game interview.
The Clippers took a 3-2 lead in the series with a monstrous performance with Paul George finally showing up after a string of below-par performances in the first four games.
Luka Doncic has been difference maker in the series so far with the guard carrying the Mavericks with ease in the series so far. Luka carried the team to game 4 victory with a sprained ankle with the guard even making a 30-ft buzzer beater in overtime to clinch it for the Mavericks.
However, last night Luka wasn’t able to make any impact on the game, largely due to his injured ankle, as he grimaced with pain all through the game.
The Mavericks bench and coaching staff went off when it appeared that Morris intentionally tried stepping on Luka Doncic’s already injured ankle.
Marcus Morris rebukes claims of intentionally stepping on Luka’s ankle
The incident occurred early in the third quarter when Morris jogged back from the left wing toward Doncic after a basket by the Clippers. The forward’s left foot landed on the back of Luka’s left foot, with the Mavs star losing his shoe and turning back to see who stepped on his injured ankle.
Morris tweeted later that he would never do it intentionally as he stated that he has a lot of respect for his peers.
I play this game with a level of respect for myself and other players. To think I would try to injure somebody is crazy to me. 10 years going against the best. I stand on morals and hard work. I compete and leave it out there every game.
— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) August 26, 2020
Marcus Morris has guarded Doncic the most of the Clippers so far. The duo have been involved in a lot of trash talking so far in the series and the sophomore guard has managed to get one over the Clippers’ forward so far.
The Clippers will look to clinch the series in game 6 tomorrow. For the Mavericks, they will hope that Porzingis makes his return in the crucial tie, as a half-fit Doncic cannot carry them home.
Credit also must be given to Doc Rivers, who has sorted his team out technically and has put in a brilliant strategy to contain the high-flying Mavs on both ends of the court.