His team guaranteed to finish first in the East, Erik Spoelstra still has two matches ahead of him (Hawks and Magic) to “test” the players likely to help him in the playoffs. Markieff Morris is one of them. ” I know that I will play in the playoffs “, already predicts the 32-year-old veteran.
However, this is not necessarily what we can deduce from his recent playing time. Since his return in mid-March, after almost 60 missed matches due to the “buffer” of Nikola Jokic, the strong winger has been playing intermittently.
Six matches played, for seven points on average, then four “DNP”, before a recent exit to 10 points against the Raptors, for his first tenure of the year. The “good” news for him is that the usual incumbent in his position, PJ Tucker (the latter considers Markieff Morris to be one of his ” closest brothers since their Suns debut), is on the sidelines for at least a week.
The perfect opportunity to show off just before the finals. ” My game speaks for itself. To prepare for the playoffs, I need these last two games anyway. It’s both a blessing and a curse that Tucker is sidelined. But I need to have these last two games in my legs to approach the playoffs with some momentum “, Displays the interior, which suffers from a pain in the hip.
Erik Spoelstra ensures that the use of this or that rotation player will depend on the “matchups”. In the event of a small five in front, he could thus prefer Caleb Martin to Markieff Morris.
The latter can thus highlight his long experience in the league. The former Suns or Wizards player has 49 playoff matches on the clock (against none for the former Hornet), including a run to the NBA Finals in 2020, won with the Lakers against Jimmy Butler and his current teammates .
” Check my background, check my background. I don’t need to talk about that. It’s all in the file. I have nothing to say about it “, Continues the former NBA champion before concluding:” You know, I missed more than 50 matches. I can face anything now. »
|2018-19 *||All Teams||58||22||42.1||33.5||77.2||1.1||3.5||4.6||1.4||3.0||0.6||0.9||0.4||9.4|
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