Morris headed to the locker room during Tuesday's game at Boston after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports. The 31-year-old had 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds and one block in 15 minutes before going down during the second quarter. Morris remained on the court for a few minutes and appeared shaken up as he went to the locker room, so he seems unlikely to retake the court Tuesday.
Morris totaled 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-8 3Pt) and five rebounds over 23 minutes in Sunday's 105-100 loss to the Bucks. Morris had lackluster results in each of the past two games, but he was slightly more productive during Sunday's narrow loss. The 31-year-old hasn't seen a significant decrease in playing time in his six games since returning to a bench role, and he's now scored in double figures three times across that span.
Morris recorded 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt), seven rebounds and one assist across 27 minutes Friday in a 116-112 win versus Utah. The returns of both Kawhi Leonard (lower leg) and Nicolas Batum (concussion) meant Morris was benched after two starts. However, he supplied value off the bench by scoring 17 points and tying his season high in rebounds. Morris may not be in line to start again for a while, but he has been reliable in his most prominent role for the Clippers this season. Serving as a key role player, he has averaged 16.5 points across his past six games off their bench.
Morris finished with 32 points (11-15 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes during Monday's 125-118 victory over the Heat. While Morris' outing Monday was outstanding, almost everything about it was unsustainable. The Clippers were without four of their regular starters, which not only opened up a spot in the top unit for Morris, but allowed him to see a major uptick in both minutes and usage. He proceeded to shoot a blistering 73.3 percent from the field and 75 percent from three-point range, rates that no player can consistently replicate, much less one who had been converting at 44.2 percent and 48.4 percent rates, respectively, heading into Monday. That said, with Paul George (toe) facing an uncertain return date and Kawhi Leonard (lower leg) and Nicolas Batum (concussion) at risk of missing more time, Morris looks like a worthy pickup in the short term for leagues with daily lineup moves. Between the Clippers' previous two games when both Leonard and Batum were available, Morris compiled 43 points and 12 rebounds.
Morris will start at power forward in Monday's matchup against the Heat, Garrett Chorpenning of SI.com reports. The start will mark Morris' first of the year after 19 games as a reserve. He will presumably have a higher usage role than normal against the Heat, as Paul George (toe) and Kawhi Leonard (lower leg) and Nicolas Batum (migraine) are sidelined.
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