Marcus Morris reiterated that he was playing hard and not trying to hurt Luka Doncic following his ejection from the Los Angeles Clippers’ 111-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks to close out the series.
Morris was called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the game when he hit Doncic’s head in the first quarter.
“They had to make that call. 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],” said Morris after the game.
Morris added that he didn’t think he would be suspended for game 1 of the next series.
Doncic didn’t directly respond when asked if he thought Morris committed the flagrant on purpose.
Doncic finished the game with 38 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.
“It was a terrible play. What can I say? 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.”