LA Clippers ahead Marcus Morris Sr. was ejected late within the first quarter of Recreation 6 because of a flagrant 2 foul dedicated in opposition to Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, a continuation of the heated rivalry that has developed between the 2 gamers within the first-round sequence.

As Doncic drove to the basket, Morris swiped and smacked the Mavs star on the precise facet of his head with 1:07 remaining within the first quarter, inflicting Doncic to crash to the court docket. Morris glared at Doncic as he was down on the ground, and Doncic pounced to his ft to confront him earlier than gamers and coaches separated the 2.

“I believe he bought ejected as a result of he is Marcus, to be trustworthy,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers advised ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth through the sideline interview after the primary quarter. “I assumed he made a play on the ball and his hand adopted by. It occurs in each sport. We will not fear about that.”

Morris, who has been the Clippers’ main defender on Doncic within the sequence, had 9 factors on 4-of-5 capturing in Recreation 6 earlier than his ejection.

Marcus Morris Sr. swiped Luka Doncic as he drove to the basket. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Pictures

Sources advised ESPN that the Mavericks believed that Morris deliberately focused Doncic’s sprained left ankle twice in Tuesday’s Recreation 5, a notion that Rivers known as “completely absurd.”

Morris adamantly denied that he meant to step on Doncic’s ankle early within the third quarter, when he jogged from the left wing after a made basket by the Clippers and stepped on the again of Doncic’s leg as he awaited an inbounds move. The Mavs additionally requested that the league workplace assessment an uncalled touchdown house violation by Morris on a made 3-pointer by Doncic within the third quarter, when Morris slid his foot beneath Doncic as he was within the air.

“Any individual would truly actually like attempt to make a case for me attempting to harm one other participant deliberately,” Morris mentioned Wednesday. “I stand on respect, morals and exhausting work, and my household watching [me play] this sport. I strategy this sport with the utmost respect for each participant. I’ve been in lots of battles with nice gamers and never as soon as have I ever tried to do something soiled so far as taking a participant out of a sport. … Luka is a good participant for years to return however to attempt to disrespect my character, I felt the necessity to communicate on that.”

“One factor I’m not is a unclean participant,” Morris added. “And I dangle my hat on being a tough employee. I’m a revered man on this league and I hope that folks have a look at that and know me as who I’m and I might by no means go that far, attempting to harm any individual. I simply assume that is absurd and it is simply too far.”

Doncic did not immediately accuse Morris of being soiled – though he did elevate his eyebrows and ask a reporter what he considered Morris stepping on his injured ankle – and mentioned he did not look after an evidence from an opponent he’d been exchanging trash discuss with all through the sequence.

“I do not wish to discuss to him,” Doncic mentioned after Recreation 5. “He is simply saying a variety of unhealthy stuff to me all the sport. I simply do not wish to discuss to him. I simply wish to transfer on. Like I say, everyone goes to have their very own opinion. I simply hope it wasn’t intentional. If that was intentional, that is actually unhealthy.”