Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic wasn't a fan of Marcus Morris' foul in him as he described it as a "terrible play." As Doncic was driving to the basket with just over a minute in the first quarter, Morris swiped and smacked him on the right side of his head and the Slovenian crashed to the court.
Doncic immediately got up and ran toward Morris but players from both teama jumped in and nothing escalated. Doncic scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out nine assists but still it wasn't enough as the Clippers won Game 6 111-97 to win the series 4-2.
A game earlier, many thought Morris intentionally stepped on Doncic's injured left ankle but the Clippers forward strongly rejected those claims. "It was a terrible play. What can I say?" Doncic said, per ESPN.
"It's two games in a row he did something like that. I really hoped the first game it wasn't on purpose, but looking back on the foul this game, you know what I think. "I don't want to deal with that kind of players.
Just move on."
Morris defends himself, praises Doncic
Morris was ejected following his hard foul on Doncic but he wasn't surprised. "They had to make that call," Morris said of the flagrant 2 on Sunday.
"I think, honestly, we had a lot of back-and-forth this series. It was a hard-fought series. I just don't want people to mistake playing basketball, playing hard with trying to hurt somebody. I think Tim Hardaway had an extremely hard foul with [Paul George] last game, and it wasn't taken in [the same context]."
Morris labels Doncic as "the face of the league." "He's a young player. He's going to be the face of the league. I've taken into account all of that. I have been around for a while. I know how this thing works.
... I am a grown man. I stand on my own. Like I said, I didn't mean to step on his ankle. They can say the stuff that they want to say, this and that, on Twitter. ... Whatever they want to say, they can say it. I am going to continue to play, happy that my team is in the second round."
Morris wasn't surprised by the ejection but he didn't think it was necessary. "Honestly, I don't think it escalated to that level," Morris said. "It is not like I didn't touch any of the ball.
I didn't wind up. I didn't do any of that. It was a hard foul."