Lakers’ Forward Markieff Morris Opens Up On Playing As A Starter Without LeBron James and Anthony Davis

Published 03/29/2021, 9:28 AM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled incessantly after unfortunate injuries to their superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Playing without Bron, the champions had lost three games in a row.

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After those three defeats, the Lakers put on a string of impressive performances. After a win against the Cavaliers two days ago, the Lakers won their latest game against the Orlando Magic as they defeated them 96-93.

While Dennis Schroder, Kyle Kuzma, and Montrezl Harrell chipped in the offense, backup forward Markieff Morris put on a show, clocking a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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Lakers’ Markieff Morris opens up about playing without LeBron James & Anthony Davis

Since the day he joined the Lakers, Markieff Morris has become a key rotational forward in the team. He might not be as skilled or talented as Anthony Davis, but he certainly knows how to make an impact when he is on the floor.

With Davis and Bron out because of injuries, Morris has seen a significant jump in his playing time. In the last two victories, the 31-year-old has been massive for the champions, scoring 15 and 12  points, respectively.

Morris, in his post-game presser, recently spoke about how he approaches the game in his new role as a starter. He said, “Yeah, without those guys obviously we need to, we need to score the ball.

“So I got to kind of bring up my whole game kind of, you know, be aggressive shooting the ball trying to try to get into the paint, make plays for others, trying to score, just do a lot of smaller stuff that we need.”

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The 31-year-old also opened up about the recent victories secured by the Lakers.

“We got to we got to get as many as we can. We’ve just got to bank as many wins. This was a tough game. Orlando got some young guys that play hard. We made some mistakes at the end. Couldn’t really get my shots to fall but uh, we got to win and onto the next.”

After the departure of Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee, the Lakers were clearly missing depth in their frontcourt. With a crucial injury to Davis, players like Markieff Morris have stepped up big time for the champions.

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The 17-time champions have finally added a great center in Andre Drummond. Can the Morris-Drummond tandem lead the Lakers to multiple wins without LeBron James and Anthony Davis?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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