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Markieff Morris 'probable' to return for Wizards vs. Celtics

Markieff Morris 'probable' to return for Wizards vs. Celtics

Markieff Morris is on track to return to the starting lineup for the Wizards in their biggest game of the season at the Boston Celtics.

Morris has been absent in games vs. Chicago (win) and Charlotte (loss) because of illness. He went through Monday morning shootaround and is officially listed as probable tonight.

A win not only draws the Wizards even in the loss column with No. 2 seed Boston but gives them the season series 3-1.

The series is the first tiebreaker used to determine playoff seeding. The No. 2 team could avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers until the conference finals.

The Wizards lost the season series to the No. 4 Toronto Raptors 2-1 so they've lost that tiebreaker and already have lost the season series with Cleveland (0-2).

Jason Smith likely returns to his role off the bench with Morris in the lineup again.

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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas not yet in the clear with hip injury, will get tests next month

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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas not yet in the clear with hip injury, will get tests next month

Isaiah Thomas was shut down by the Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals due to an impingement and labral tear in his right hip, an injury that did not require surgery, just rest. In a few weeks the Celtics hope to know more about his timeline to recovery.

Thomas evidently isn't quite in the clear despite three months having passed. According to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Boston will run more tests on Thomas' hip in early September.

Here is what Stevens said on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, as transcribed by CSN NE:

“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe... Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”

Thomas doesn't need to rush into anything and he has extra incentive to take things slowly. This is the final year of his contract and he's already stated he is gunning for a max deal next summer.

[RELATED: JOINING CELTICS MAKES MORRIS THE ENEMY, WALL SAYS]

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VIDEO: John Wall put on a show in James Harden's charity basketball game

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VIDEO: John Wall put on a show in James Harden's charity basketball game

John Wall was back on the court this weekend playing in James Harden's charity basketball game down in Houston at Rice University and once again put on a show like he did weeks ago in the Miami Pro League.

This time Wall and Harden were joined by Chris Paul, who is now Harden's teammate on the Rockets. The trio combined to make a highlight video that quickly blew up on social media:

[RELATED: WALL CAN PASS FOOTBALLS REALLY WELL, TOO]

Here is the full video courtesy of BallisLife.com:

Some of Wall's best highlights are on defense when he's guarding Paul. It's not often you see that in these types of videos.

[RELATED: WALL ON HIS VIRAL VIDEO IN MIAMI PRO LEAGUE]

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