Morris turned in 16 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, four steals, and one assist in 33 minutes during the Wizards' 118-113 win against the Nets on Monday. After posting a season-high four steals, Morris is now averaging a career-best 1.3 steals per game through 19 contests in 2016-17. While he has struggled to make shots for much of the year, Morris has done well on defense and earned enough trips to the charity stripe (3.5 attempts per night) to help keep his averages afloat despite having a poor field-goal percentage.
Morris (ankle) will play and start in Friday's matchup against the Spurs, Chris Miller of CSN Massachusetts reports. Morris twisted his ankle in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Thunder, and was considered questionable heading into Friday's game. However, he will start, and barring any setbacks, all signs point toward him getting his usual workload.
Morris scored eight points (2-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 44 minutes during Monday's overtime win versus the Kings. Morris struggled from the field all game long but still saw 44 minutes of action Monday night. Though the former Kansas Jayhawk has shot the ball poorly from the field all season (41.3 percent), he's been more successful from long range, which can explain his uptick in points per game from a year ago.
Morris put up 11 points (5-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block across 32 minutes in Friday's 94-91 win over the Magic. Morris didn't turn in the most sparkling stat line, but with the forward scoring eight points or fewer in his previous three games and nursing an ankle sprain heading into Friday, fantasy owners had to be satisfied with the performance. Perhaps of greater importance than anything, Morris saw more minutes than his season average, an indication that the ankle issue won't limit him much going forward. Coach Scott Brooks could look to lessen Morris' workload Saturday against the Spurs in the second half of a back-to-back set, however.
Morris (ankle) will be start at power forward in Friday's game against the Magic, CSN Mid-Atlantic's J. Michael reports. In the Wizards' last game Monday against the Suns, Morris saw only 26 minutes and showed only minimal effectiveness while battling a sprained right ankle, an injury he had picked up in last Saturday's tilt with the Heat. While the Wizards ended up keeping Morris out of practice Tuesday for rest, it appears the forward is feeling healthier after the time off and isn't expected to face many limitations. Given the success he had defensively against opposing power forward Serge Ibaka in the Wizards' previous matchup with the Magic on Nov. 5, Morris could be asked to take on a sizable workload in the rematch. He finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 38 minutes in that contest.
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