Markieff Morris Set to Miss Lakers Game After Being Knocked Down by Nikola Jokic

Published 11/10/2021, 12:08 AM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris (8) lies on the ground after a play with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) as guard Tyler Herro (14) and center Bam Adebayo (13) react in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Fights and altercations are rare in the modern NBA. Hence, a recent incident between Markieff Morris and Nikola Jokic left the basketball world in shock. As a repercussion, some penalties followed, and now an update on Morris missing his next game against the Lakers.

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The Heat have got on with a great start to their season. Notably, Jimmy Butler has led the way for them with his two-way basketball. Moreover, Tyler Herro has provided a huge offensive boost off the bench as well. They are a well-organised team who have done a great job of playing well together.

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However, in their battle against the Lakers, they may be short-handed with injuries pouring in.

Nikola Jokic causes trouble for the Heat

The Nuggets beat the Heat in their last outing and witnessed the reigning MVP Nikola Jokic’s ejection in the fourth quarter. Although that ejection didn’t impact the Nuggets, it did affect the Heat. Now, as a result of taking a shoulder-shot from Joker, Markieff Morris is suffering from whiplash and will be out against the Lakers.

Moreover, stars Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and PJ Tucker are also listed as questionable. These will come up as big losses for the Miami Heat as they take on the WC giants tomorrow. Despite the Lakers being in trouble themselves, Miami is losing out on both their offense and defense.

Notably, Herro has improved big time averaging a career-high 20 points per game. Also, Adebayo is their primary rim protector, while Tucker is one of the best on-ball defenders in the league. This will call for additional efforts from Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry in order to produce a win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Can the Miami Heat pull it off without their stars?

The Heat have achieved a great balance on both ends of the floor. While their offense sure flourishes, they have the best defense in the NBA. But now that most of their stars may be out, can the Heat burn the Lakers?

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Butler has been on fire this season. Averaging 25.3 points per game along with 2 steals. His dominance on both ends of the floor has been the main reason the Heat are strong. Plus, with Lowry, there couldn’t be a more perfect fit for him as the former is dishing out assists and has been shooting really well.

However, being short-handed, Lowry will have to change gears when it comes to his scoring. On the other hand, the Lakers are all over the place trying to figure things out. Still, Anthony Davis and Westbrook both are capable of taking over the game and so the Miami Heat shouldn’t rest easy.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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