September 21, 2020, 12:04 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Following the Clippers' elimination loss, Paul George gave a speech to his teammates in the locker room which was met with eye-rolls and bewilderment, as reported by Shams Charania in The Athletic on Monday.
George attempted to galvanize his team and convince them to stay together for next season and make another run at the championship. His teammates' reactions are yet another piece of evidence that the Clippers have significant chemistry issues. The team will need to retool in advance of next season but with so few draft assets they'll find it difficult to make any big moves. It will be in their best interest to re-sign free agents Montrezl Harrell and Marcus Morris this offseason, if for no other reason than to have something to offer on the trade market.
Source: The Athletic
September 13, 2020, 4:12 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard finished Sunday's 111-98 Game 6 loss with 25 points (8-of-18 FG, 3-of-5 3PM), eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 42 minutes.
Leonard and Paul George combined for 58 points while the rest of the starters contributed just nine total points. If the Clippers hope to advance to their first ever Western Conference Finals, they will need more contribution elsewhere on the roster. Marcus Morris scored just five points on 1-of-5 shooting in 30 minutes while Patrick Beverley had just two points and zero defensive stats before fouling out in just 18 minutes of action. Ivica Zubac also disappointed with two points on 1-of-6 shooting even though he was able to grab 12 boards and swat away two shots. We may see a change in the starting lineup based on Sunday's dismal performance by the starters not named Leonard and George.
September 11, 2020, 11:04 pmMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris Sr. hit three treys (3-for-6 3PT) on Friday evening in a loss to the Nuggets, finishing with 12 points, seven boards and two assists.
Morris logged the most minutes he has in a single game in the bubble thus far, including both the playoffs and the seeding games. It was not surprising to look up and see Morris getting into an altercation with multiple members of the Nuggets after a play, either, as being a bully has become one of his better-known traits across the league. He wound up with a technical foul after a run-in with Nuggets forward Paul Millsap. Morris went 4-for-10 from the field, right around his season average of 43-percent, so he wasn't particularly good or bad on that front on Friday. In fact, Morris was definitely one of the most productive role players for the Clippers on Friday as Lou Williams (four points) and Montrezl Harrell (six points) both struggled. That resulted in a glimmer of hope for the Nuggets, who pulled out the victory and will look to avoid elimination once again on Sunday in Game 6.
September 10, 2020, 1:41 amMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris hit three 3s to finish with 11 points (4-of-6 FG), a rebound and an assist on Wednesday.
Morris dropped in his usual helping of points and played 29 minutes as the Clippers went up 3-1. As long as he keeps hitting a few threes and bringing solid defense, he'll be on the court for much of the Clippers' playoff run.
September 7, 2020, 11:42 pmMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting while adding four boards and three dimes on Monday.
Morris was solid again and had a plus-18 which was the highest of any starter. He's turned up his production in the playoffs and the trade back in February is looking like a steal.
September 3, 2020, 11:42 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard barely broke a sweat in Thursday's Game 1 win over the Nuggets, scoring 29 points on 12-of-16 from the field in 32 minutes of action.
Leonard rounded his line out with three assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer, focusing most of his efforts on scoring tonight. Denver's defense was abysmal in their first-round victory over Utah, and they were shellacked tonight against a team that has more than one scoring threat. And with all due respect to Donovan Mitchell, Kawhi is a whole different beast. Paul George also chipped in 19 points on 6-of-13 from the field with seven boards, four assists, two steals and two threes while Marcus Morris put up 18 points on 7-of-10 from the floor with five rebounds, two steals and four threes. The Nuggets looked spent after a tough seven-gamer in round one and they've got a lot to fix up before this series gets out of hand.
September 2, 2020, 2:25 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was fined $15,000 for throwing the ball at the legs of a referee during Sunday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers.
Even though the Mavs have been eliminated, it was an eventful game for Doncic. Earlier in the contest, he drew a flagrant foul that resulted in the ejection of Marcus Morris. Doncic ended the day with 38 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 2, 2020, 2:20 pmMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris was handed a $35,000 fine for "recklessly striking" Luka Doncic during Game 6 of the Clippers' series with the Mavericks on Sunday.
Morris' actions resulted in a flagrant 2 and ejection from the game. Morris has been a solid complementary player for the Clippers, but the referees will be watching him closely going forward.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter
August 30, 2020, 4:22 pmMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris has been ejected from Sunday's Game 6 against the Mavs after committing a Flagrant 2 foul.
Morris, after making some dirty plays to try and take out Luka Doncic's ankle in Game 5, got tangled up with Doncic on a drive and swiped down twice towards his head. His best moves in this series haven't exactly been clean ones, and he'll have to watch the rest of this one from the sidelines. Morris may be facing some further discipline from the league with the way he's conducted himself the last two contests. His day ends with nine points, a steal and a 3-pointer in 11 minutes.
August 22, 2020, 12:16 amMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris Sr. connected on a team-high four 3-pointers on Friday en route to his 14-point performance (5-of-8 FG), adding eight rebounds and three assists for the night.
Morris did foul out of this one, but not before he was able to deliver on what was needed of him, which quite frankly is a defensive body on Kristaps Porzingis and chip in some offense on the other end of the floor. At this stage of Morris' career he is what he is, a dependable role-player and it reflects in what he delivers in the box scores night in and night out.
August 20, 2020, 12:53 amMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris had a solid line on Wednesday with 14 points (5-of-11 FG, 1-of-4 3PT), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Morris has emerged as a very consistent scoring option for the Clippers since the beginning of the seeding games. He's now played over 30 minutes in both of their playoff games, a sign they view him as a capable piece of their championship run. However, he may see his role reduced as Montrezl Harrell gets back into shape.
August 18, 2020, 12:04 amMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris was big in Monday's Game 1 win over the Mavs with 19 points, six rebounds, an assist, four steals and three triples.
Morris provided solid energy on both ends of the floor and helped keep the Clippers alive when they were looking lethargic. He came up with timely triples during offensive droughts and played strong help defense to get his four steals. He's going to be a big player in this series as Montrezl Harrell shakes off his rust.
August 14, 2020, 6:09 pmReggie JacksonPG, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers will trot out a starting lineup of Reggie Jackson, Amir Coffey, Rodney McGruder, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac on Friday against the Thunder.
The Clippers have just three guys on the injury report but it's pretty clear that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Marcus Morris won't be playing tonight. There should be plenty of value on the board for DFS players in this one, so knock yourself out as the Clips and Thunder just try to get through tonight without any injuries that will affect their playoff hopes.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 12:18 amMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris scores 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 31 minutes of action in a loss to the Nets on Sunday.
Morris got off to a rocky start with the Clippers after having a great start to the season with the Knicks, but he has turned things around in the bubble with some efficient performances. He has produced fourth round value over his last four games as we are starting to see him perform like the player that the Clippers traded for.
August 6, 2020, 9:53 pmMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris had another effective game on Thursday, dropping another 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, with five boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Morris continues to be a reasonably effective role player for this Clippers team. He can score the ball and knock down outside shots, but there are concerns with consistency, especially when Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are going strong.