Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris claims it's "absurd" to really believe that he would intentionally hurt Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic. Doncic was playing Game 5 with a sprained left ankle, the Mavericks were also without star forward Kristaps Porzingis and the Clippers easily won 154-111 for a 3-2 lead in the series.
Doncic's shoe fell off in the third quarter after Morris' left foot landed on the back of the Slovenian's left foot. Morris was called for a loose ball foul on the play. After the game, Doncic said he "hoped it was unintentional," while Morris went on to Twitter to defend himself.
"Somebody would actually really like try to make a case for me trying to hurt another player intentionally," Morris said of why he felt the need to initially defend himself on social media after Game 5, per ESPN.
"I stand on respect, morals and hard work, and my family watching [me play] this game. I approach this game with the utmost respect for every player. I have been in many battles with great players and not once have I ever tried to do anything dirty as far as taking a player out of a game.
... Luka is a great player for years to come but to try to disrespect my character, I felt the need to speak on that."
Morris underlines he is not a 'dirty player'
"One thing I am not is a dirty player," Morris added.
"And I hang my hat on being a hard worker. I am a respected man in this league and I hope that people look at that and know me as who I am and I would never go that far, trying to hurt somebody. I just think that's absurd and it's just too far."
Doncic continued to deal with a left ankle injury but he will probably play in Game 6. "I hope he's OK," Morris said of Doncic. "I actually apologized right when it happened. Mistakes happen." "I have never been a guy that tries to take somebody out.
I honestly didn't even know he had a left ankle injury. I have a son coming, I have kids. I have my family here. I just felt like to try to find a narrative, try to create a story, I just felt like it was too far and I won't [let someone] disrespect my character like that."