Hawks' Millsap ready to match Morris, Wiz with 'MMA' style

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 20, 2017

Though the Washington Wizards fell short of the 50-win mark again, the 2016-17 season marked their first division title and first time having homecourt advantage since 1979.

Now he's promising to dish it back. "We had a few possessions where we hit them during boxouts, fighting for the ball".

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston.

Wall had a 32-point, 14-assist double-double and Marcus Morris added 21 points, as the Wizards overcame offensive hardships in the first half for a 114-107 win over Atlanta at the Verizon Center.

It was a sliding door moment for the Wizards - a big what if - many thought with a healthy Wall the Wizards would've won the series; John Wall included. Let's hope the Wizards took note of how the game changed and adjust accordingly the rest of the series. Washington's starters scored as many points (86) as the Hawks' entire team. Two years ago, the Hawks and their 6-foot-8 (2.03-metrers) forward beat a banged-up Wizards team in a six-game second-round series.

"I guess if that's MMA, then what we do next might be double MMA", Morris said, via the Washington Post.

"He's like, just reboot the computer every miss and just focus on making the next shot", Brooks said. Markieff is "a very competitive guy".

Morris and Millsap are similar players; tough defenders, good passers, decent outside shooters, and undersized power forwards that can score in a variety of ways.

Morris scored 21 points in his National Basketball Association playoff debut and limited Millsap to just 19. The extra - the MMA, as Millsap called it - is what the Wizards need to move onto the semifinals for the third time in four years.

The Wizards probably can't expect Morris to play at that high of a level the whole series, but if he can at least play somewhere near that level, it's going to be a very short series.

All that scrambling inside could create more tension like Sunday's altercation.

Words were exchanged. Morris didn't really remember after the game what he said, or he just wanted to appear like he forgot. "It's all love of the game". If I'm going against a LeBron or Kevin Durant, I might not be the best player overall than them, but in my mind, I'm the best player on that court.

It's not the talk that bothered Millsap, though.

Morris says the Wizards will only intensify their physical play. Departures of veterans and growth of his own into that label now make the Wizards Wall's show more than ever.

"I told the guys coming out it was going to be physical and we wanted to throw the first punch", he said.

"John can take over games, he can take over quarters, he can take over plays", coach Scott Brooks said. Wall said he could tell bench players were nervous early, but the second unit responded as Brandon Jennings finished with five assists and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 11 points. That's good for him, it's good for the Hawks, and it's good for all of us National Basketball Association fans who don't have to deal with Howard's annoying public persona anymore now that he's settled into normalcy.

"We needed that extra little boost, that extra little nudge to get us back to where we needed to be", Millsap said. He's doing everything to help our team win.

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