The Luka Doncic feud with Marcus Morris lasted well after the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Doncic and Morris have been tied together since it appeared Morris intentionally stepped on Doncic’s injured ankle in Game 5. The problem escalated Sunday when Morris was ejected after a hard foul on Doncic on Sunday. While the series is over, words between the two players continued after the game.
Luka Doncic injures ankle in Game 3
Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic single-handedly stole the show for the Mavericks during the early part of the series. Doncic scored 42 points in a Game 1 loss to the LA Clippers. The seventh-seeded Mavs, however, bounced back to tie the series when Doncic scored 28 points in a 127-114 Dallas win.
Things got interesting in Game 3 when Doncic severely sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. Doncic hopped on his right leg back to the locker room and appeared to be done for the night. He made his way back to the game for a little bit before returning to the bench for good in the fourth quarter. The Clippers won 130-122.
Doncic came out to play in Game 4 and had one of the best games of his career. He collected 43 points on a sore ankle and then hit a long 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give the Mavs a 135-133 win to even the series. “Big-time players make big-time plays. He’s a big-time player,” teammate Trey Burke said to ESPN. “He’s proved it already in this league.”
Morris criticized for stepping on Doncic’s ankle in Game 5
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks struggled mightily in Game 5. Dallas trailed the LA Clippers 76-52 at halftime and went on to lose the game 154-111. Things got worse when Marcus Morris, a forward with the Clippers, stepped on Doncic’s injured ankle during the game. Many have viewed it as intentional. Doncic was not happy.
“I don’t want to talk to him,” Doncic said in an ESPN article after the game. “He’s just saying a lot of bad stuff to me all the game. I don’t want to talk to him. I’ve just got to move on. Like I said, everybody’s going to have their own opinion. I just hope it wasn’t intentional. If that was intentional, that’s very bad.”
Morris said his stepping on Doncic’s ankle was not intentional. On Twitter, Morris wrote. “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.”
Morris’ hard foul on Luka Doncic in Game 6 leads to ejection
The Dallas Mavericks were ousted by the LA Clippers in Game 6 on Sunday when the Clippers won 111-97. Things got pretty heated early when Marcus Morris came down hard on a driving Luke Doncic and was ejected after being called for a flagrant foul. That foul, combined with Morris stepping on Doncic’s injured ankle the game before – perhaps intentionally – drew the ire of Doncic.
“It was a terrible play. What can I say?” Doncic said after scoring 38 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. “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, who has been previously involved in questionable plays that border on dirty, insisted after Game 5 his stepping on the ankle was an accident. When Bleacher Report posted Doncic’s quote on Instagram about it being two games in a row that Morris has done something flagrant, Morris replied to the post. Morris wrote, “Cry me a river. Clips in 6.”