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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Marcus Morris hoping to avoid brother Markieff in NBA playoffs

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There is a very real chance that Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris could have to face his twin brother Markieff in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and that is not a possibility he is looking forward to.

Marcus Morris admitted Saturday that, with the Celtics on their way to the No. 2 seed in the East, he would openly like to avoid the Washington Wizards due to Markieff’s presence on the team.

“Man, every day we talk about it. Honestly, I don’t want to play them first. Can’t lie,” Morris said, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN. “I don’t want to play them first because it’s my brother and we’re going to war. When I go out there — I’ve been telling [my teammates] this is war time. It’s like fighting for your life out here, and I’d hate to see my brother in the first round, to have to be that bully to my brother when I know it’s gonna be like.”

Morris went as far as to admit that he’s encouraging Markieff to get either the No. 6 or No. 8 seed to avoid the Celtics.

“I’m like, ‘Kieff, c’mon, man. Like s—. Get to the six or the eight [seed]. I ain’t trying to play y’all in the first round,'” Morris said. “He’s like, ‘I know. I know.’ … because it said they was like 40 percent to play in the seventh [seed], but then they lost, so I was like, should I be happy that they lost?

“[The Wizards] can go to the eighth because I watch them. That’s my brother, so I watch them and I know that they can beat Toronto. I think that would be a good matchup for them. Us, too, would be a good matchup, don’t get me wrong. But I think them against Toronto would be a good matchup, too.”

It’s worth noting that the Celtics and Wizards did meet in a dramatic seven-game series in last season’s Eastern Conference Semifinals. Marcus Morris, however, was not with Boston at that time.

Morris does have reason to believe that he could see the Wizards in the first round. Washington, however, sounds like they have bigger problems than picking which seed they want.

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