The LA Clippers traded for Marcus Morris earlier this year for his ability to stretch the floor and play rugged basketball. Luka Doncic has had to bear the brunt of Morris' physicality throughout this series and let's just say that the Slovenian isn't a fan of the same.
During Game 5 of this Western Conference series though, an unwarranted incident of sorts spiked the animosity between the two players once more. Marcus Morris ran in to guard Luka Doncic on an inbounds play but stepped on his left foot.
The reason why foul play is suspected here is that Luka Doncic has been recovering from a left ankle sprain that forced him to exit the third game of this series early.
Fans haven't taken kindly to the incident at all on Twitter with many believing that this was done on purpose.
Luka Doncic reacts to the incident
Luka Doncic was inquired about the incident in the post-game interview and he took the high road by not throwing any direct allegations on Marcus Morris. However, he did specify that he had his own thoughts on the incident.
"I've seen it, yeah. Of course, I have my own thoughts, I hope it wasn't intentional. Tell me, what do you think? I just hope it wasn't intentional but every person is going to have their own thoughts."
Doncic was next inquired about whether he was offered an apology for the same by Marcus Morris. The Slovenian said that he is not interested in speaking to him.
"I don't want to talk to him. He's just saying a lot of bad stuff to me all game. Just, I don't want to talk to him. I've just got to move on. Like I said, everyone's going to have their own opinion and I just hope it wasn't intentional. If that was intentional, that's really bad."
Marcus Morris responds to the allegations
Marcus Morris has been a vocal player throughout his career in the NBA thus far and this is not the first time that he's been accused of foul play. So he was quick to answer his critics.
Morris concluded by saying that he's not going to apologize to Luka Doncic for the incident since it wasn't an intentional move on his part in a follow up tweet.
"Basketball has never been that serious to try to hurt somebody. Im not apologizing for s*** because I know what I put into this game day in and day out. It was a mistake deal wit it. Competing is why I play."
We'll surely see more of this saga going forward with the Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers set to play at least one more game.
Published 26 Aug 2020, 12:12 IST