Marcus Morris and Luka Doncic are at the center of attention yet again
Sure, we expect Doncic to make headlines, especially with the Mavs’ backs against the wall in a ‘win or go home’ Game 6. For Marcus Morris to get the same distinction, however, something must have gone horribly wrong. Morris already had one questionable incident involving Doncic this series, in which he took an odd stride and stepped on the back of the Spanish star’s ankle. Doncic claimed he had no ill will toward Morris, and didn’t think the move was intentional.
After Sunday, Luka is singing a different tune. Morris was ejected for a hard foul on Doncic, in which he came down hard on the back of Luka’s head on a drive to the basket.
The Clippers bench jumped onto the court to defend their guy
The most surprising element to all of this was the Clippers bench jumping into action as if the Mavericks were going to retaliate against Morris. Instead, a number of Clippers subs left the bench while Dallas’ current batch of starters walked away from the events entirely.
Dallas has far too much to lose in Game 6 to risk ejections, especially to Doncic. With Kristaps Porzingis out for the series, their chances in this game and the series lie with Luka and the supporting cast. Boban Marjanovic, for one, played the role of peacekeeper to ensure Doncic stayed away from the action.
Boban was there when Doncic needed him most. Nothing like having a giant as a bodyguard.