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Markieff Morris expected to be okay after injuring ankle vs. Heat

Markieff Morris expected to be okay after injuring ankle vs. Heat

For most of their 114-111 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday night, the Wizards played without their starting power forward, Markieff Morris, who went down after twisting his ankle in the second quarter and never returned. 

The dropoff was stark after Morris left, as the Wizards struggled defensively against a Heat team that usually has problems scoring. But Morris is expected to be fine after X-rays came back negative on his ankle.

"I think he's going to be alright," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I just wanted to be real cautious going into the second half. They were playing a lot of smallball. I'm assuming he will be fine for tomorrow's practice and the next game."

That next game happens to be against the Phoenix Suns, the team that traded Morris to Washington last February. Morris too believes he will be good to go on Monday.

"I'll be good," he said. "I could have continued playing."

Morris' presence was sorely missed for the Wizards, who fell to 3-9 on the season. The Heat outrebounded Washington 48-38 and score 42 of their points in the paint.

John Wall and Bradley Beal each had strong nights offensively with 34 points apiece. But besides them, only Marcin Gortat reached double digits and he didn't get there until the fourth quarter.

Gortat had his best game of the season with 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists. But Morris - who only logged nine minutes - was needed at times on defense with Heat star Hassan Whiteside (18 points, 18 rebounds) down low.

"It was tough," guard Bradley Beal said. "Having that physical presence who can stretch the floor as well, and a guy who can help rebound [is important]. It helps out Marcin, who was battling one-on-one with the beast down there. Us guards need to help him out more. Not having Kief was a little tough for us, but we still had chances to win. Guys have to step up. When guys go down, guys have to step up. We still had a chance to win."

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Isaiah Thomas wants to make it clear that Marcus Smart flops

Isaiah Thomas wants to make it clear that Marcus Smart flops

When you know, you know.

Washington Wizards starting point guard Isaiah Thomas gave his take on former teammate Marcus Smart's reputation for flopping. Spoilers: he flops.

Thomas, who is returning to Boston on Wednesday for the first time as a starter, was teammates with Smart during his run with the Celtics from 2014-17. He didn't hold back from interrupting reporters to make sure everyone knows that Smart flops. (See the entire sequence play out in the video above.)

Despite being familiar with Smart, don't expect Thomas to know everything about how the Celtics will prepare for the Wizards. Thomas pointed out that only two of his former teammates are still with the team.

His history with Boston means a lot to Thomas, but his only focus on Wednesday will be earning the victory.

"The love is genuine between me and the city," Thomas said. "Hopefully we can just win the game. That's the most important." 


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Wizards @ Celtics Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards @ Celtics Game 9: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Beating the Boston Celtics is always special, but this one likely means a little more for Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas will be returning to Boston for the first time as a starter, where he became a scoring sensation and MVP candidate during the 2016-17 season.

The Wizards will be looking for a win against the Celtics, as the team has played to the tune of a 2-6 record so far in the young NBA season. Boston, on the other hand, has won seven straight after dropping their season opener.


What: Washington Wizards @ Boston Celtics, Game 9

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards at Celtics will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at Celtics on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

7:30: Wizards @ Celtics (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), Jordan McRae (OUT, Finger)

Celtics: Gordon Hayward (OUT, Fractured hand)


Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (26.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.5 apg): Across 35.8 minutes per game, Beal is scoring 26.1 points per game, a career-high. Watch out for some buckets from Beal.

Isaiah Thomas, G, Wizards (13.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 6.2 apg): Thomas made his first start for the Wizards a week ago, and now he is set to return to Boston for the first time as a starter. Look out for a potential vintage performance.

Kemba Walker, G, Celtics (24.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.5 apg): The newest Celtic is leading the way in scoring for Boston and has been the Celtics' most efficient starter. Watch out for Walker in this one.