Marcus Morris Mocks Luka Doncic After Clippers Beat Mavs
Marcus Morris mocked Luka Doncic after the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Morris was booted from Game 6 in the first quarter of the outing after committing a flagrant foul on Doncic with roughly a minute remaining.
As Doncic drove to the basket, Morris hit him in the head – ultimately sending Doncic down to the floor. The 21-year-old immediately bounced back and got in his face, before being separated by teammates and coaches.
Marcus Morris delivers a HARD foul on Luka Doncic 🤬pic.twitter.com/DRvNpRpQa4
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 30, 2020
“It was a terrible play,” Doncic said after the game.
“What can I say? It’s two games in a row he did something like that. I really hoped the first game it wasn’t on purpose, but looking back on the foul this game, you know what I think.
“I don’t want to deal with that kind of players. Just move on.”
Morris opted to respond on Instagram.
“Cry me a river,” the embattled Clippers forward wrote. “Clips in 6.”
The tone of that comment was much different from the one Morris offered immediately after the fact.
NBA ratings and UFC ratings are going in opposite directions. https://t.co/a27KtwSo1D
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 26, 2020
“They had to make that call,” Morris said of being ejected.
“I think, honestly, we had a lot of back-and-forth this series. It was a hard-fought series. I just don’t want people to mistake playing basketball, playing hard with trying to hurt somebody. I think Tim Hardaway had an extremely hard foul with [Paul George] last game, and it wasn’t taken in [the same context].”
Morris also initially did not go particularly hard at Doncic during the postgame interviews.
“He’s a young player,” he said.
“He’s going to be the face of the league. I’ve taken into account all of that. I have been around for a while. I know how this thing works. … I am a grown man. I stand on my own. Like I said, I didn’t mean to step on his ankle.
“They can say the stuff that they want to say, this and that, on Twitter. … Whatever they want to say, they can say it. I am going to continue to play, happy that my team is in the second round.”
But obviously something Doncic said during his postgame interviews triggered Morris, prompting him to reply the way he did on Instagram.
LeBron took a moment on Saturday night to reveal who he wishes was President. https://t.co/vPE3b4Dx6Z
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 30, 2020
Game 6 was not the first time Morris and Doncic tangled. From the beginning of the series, the pair clashed both on the court and off it.
In Game 1, Morris grabbed Doncic by the neck and caused a skirmish that resulted in a controversial ejection of Kristaps Porzingis.
In Game 5, Morris pretty clearly attempted to step on Doncic’s already-injured ankle, which is the incident Doncic was referencing with his comments after Game 6.
Needless to say, there is no love lost between the pair.
Despite the issues Morris and Doncic had throughout, other Clippers players showed nothing but love to Doncic following their 111-97 Game 6 win.
“He is a great player,” Kawhi Leonard said.
“His first Playoffs, battled every minute he was out there on the floor, then back down. [He] led his team in every game, he did a hell of a job out there.”
The Mavericks gave LA a great run. Doncic is a force and will keep his team competitive for many years to come.
Dallas may not have emerged with a playoff series victory, but the organization definitely established itself as one to keep a close eye on going forward.