NBA news: Marcus Morris Sr. of the Los Angeles Clippers was dismissed following a foul on a Memphis Grizzlies All-Star player.
Marcus Morris Sr. of the Los Angeles Clippers was disqualified in the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies for a flagrant foul 2 on NBA All-Star Ja Morant.
Morant was driving toward the hoop at a fast pace when Morris brought him down hard. Morant got up and stayed in the game after the foul. Morris moved up to defend the dunk as Morant tilted the ball back on his way to the rim, but he smacked Morant in the face with his open hand, forcing him to tumble back into the court.
Morris’ foul was elevated to a flagrant foul2 when officials reviewed the play. And he was dismissed with 4 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third quarter.
“In terms of the play, I’m not concerned,” Morant remarked later. “Morris’ sibling is truly someone I get along with. As you can see, I got up. I’ve spent my entire childhood playing on concrete.”
Jaren Jackson Jr., a Grizzlies forward, said: “I was concerned about what he was about to do as a result of the foul. I was apprehensive about what was going to happen. But nothing happened. I was also unconcerned about his tumble. He’s a solid individual.”
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Morant, who will play in his first All-Star game, had 30 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in only 26 minutes. In 22 minutes, Morris had only three points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Morris made “a hazardous move,” according to Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins. Jenkins stated, “Obviously, the officials examined it and made the proper decision”. “Ja was defenseless in the air, and the recording speaks for itself,” says the narrator.
The Grizzlies were up 90-68 when the flagrant foul was called, and they went on to win 135-109.
After the play, forward Brandon Clarke, who joined the league with Morant, said the bench needed to be controlled because of the team’s history with Morris.
Morris, who was a member of the Knicks at the time, was involved in an on-court altercation that began with then-Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder and Elfrid Payton, according to Clarke. Morris, who shoved Morant during the dust-up at Madison Square Garden. He also had choice words for the Grizzlies following that game.
Despite their history, Memphis’ All-Star guard says he’s “okay” with both Morris brothers. And was unaffected by the foul since he’s spent his whole life on concrete.