Marcus Morris added a layer of controversy to the Clippers’ 154-111 win on Tuesday, whether he intended to or not.
In the third quarter of Los Angeles’ Game 5 victory against the Mavericks — and with his team already holding a sizable lead — Morris stepped on the sprained left ankle of Luka Doncic, igniting Twitter tirades in the process.
Here are multiple angles of the incident in question, which came just after the start of the second half and with the Clippers holding an 81-52 lead.
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Doncic left Game 3 of the first-round series and was a game-time decision to play in Game 4 on Sunday. He helped Dallas overcome a 20-point deficit in a 135-133 win to even the series at 2-2, putting up 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists.
After the game, Morris denied that he went after Doncic, saying he plays basketball “with a level of respect for myself and other players.”
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
It’s tough to say definitively that he targeted Doncic’s ankle. But his own history of overly aggressive plays has certainly done him no favors among doubters, of which there are many on Twitter.
Here are some of the more incendiary social media reactions to the incident:
Marcus Morris knew exactly what he was doing there and should be suspended for Game 6
— Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) August 26, 2020
Marcus Morris is being called dirty for falling onto Luka Dončić‘s ankle
Maybe it was an accident 🤷🏻♂️
It’s not like he’s fallen like that before while trying to drive his knee into another player’s head
Uhhhh … oh #MFFL pic.twitter.com/JZC9WdXymS
— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) August 26, 2020
That was dirty, Marcus Morris.
— Stephen Cohen (@scohenSEA) August 26, 2020
An NBA basketball court is 4,700 square feet, and Marcus Morris steps directly on Luka’s publicly injured left ankle… coincidence? You tell me. pic.twitter.com/U6Mfb2fD5e
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) August 26, 2020
What Marcus Morris just did was obviously and clearly intentional & is utterly outrageous.
The future face of the league & you intentionally try to re-injure his ankle. The league has to look at that.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) August 26, 2020