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Morris battles foul trouble to put in one of his best games for Wizards

Morris battles foul trouble to put in one of his best games for Wizards

Markieff Morris put in a box score line on Tuesday night that you just don't see very often. He fouled out in just 21 minutes, yet scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting - including 3-for-3 from three - and grabbed three steals.

No NBA player has had that many points and steals in a game they fouled out after playing less than 22 minutes since at least the 1983-84 season, as far as Basketball Reference's play index can go back. Part of the reason why that is the case, is that usually when a player gets in early foul trouble, as Morris did, they play more cautiously. They dial back their aggression on offense in fear of getting whistled for an offensive foul.

That's what usually happens. Not for Kief, apparently.

"When you have fouls like that, sometimes you are tentative to attack the basket. But he attacked the basket and got to the rim," coach Scott Brooks said. "That's what I like about Kief from night to night. He had foul trouble it seemed right from the jumpball. Right after they threw it up, he was battling foul trouble. But he kept playing aggressive."

Morris picked up his first foul just 1:23 into the first quarter. His sixth and final foul came with 3:58 left in the fourth, right after he hit a pair of three-pointers, and right after he had a big putback slam on a fastbreak to help the Wizards complete their comeback. They stormed back from 18 points down to secure their ninth victory this season after trailing by double digits.

"I can't get anymore techs. So, there was nothing I could do," Morris said of his fouls. "But when I was on the bench I told coach to put me back in the game."

Morris has now scored 15 points or more in three straight games and has reached double digits in his last nine. His three three-pointers matched a career-high.

"He did a really good job of just staying aggressive and not worrying about his fouls. The game rewarded him at the end," guard Bradley Beal said.

With the win, the Wizards moved to 19-18, above the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 24, 2015. That was a short-term goal for the team, but a milestone for Morris, who joined Washington in a trade last February.

"It was a real big win to be over .500. We haven't been over .500 since I got here actually, so it just feels good," Morris said.

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John Wall's jersey ranks as one of the most popular in the NBA

John Wall's jersey ranks as one of the most popular in the NBA

The top 15 most popular NBA jerseys list was revealed on Thursday with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sitting atop the list.

Many of the names on the list aren't surprising with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook right behind Curry.

However, just outside the top 10 is John Wall, who is coming off of the best season of his career. 

Wall ended up ranked No. 12 in the entire NBA in jersey sales.

Although he failed to make the list last season, Wall continued to develop his popularity with a successful season and a high level of performance. 

Now, Wall has become one of the most popular players in the league and helped lead the Wizards to the playoffs.

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He beat out some big name players to make the list and ranks ahead of the likes of stars Jimmy Butler and Damian Lillard.

As Wall's popularity continues to grow, look for the young guard to see his name rise in the jersey sales list next season. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 19: NBPA VP Garrett Temple joins the show, plus plenty of Paul George and Chris Paul talk

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 19: NBPA VP Garrett Temple joins the show, plus plenty of Paul George and Chris Paul talk

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Commuter Connections, Chase Hughes, J. Michael and Chris Miller go in-depth on the latest in Paul George and the Wizards, Chris Paul's trade to the Rockets and where other NBA free agents could and should land.

Garrett Temple, a former Wizards player, current Kings guard and recently elected as the VP of the NBA Players' Association, joined the show to talk about his new role, his old teammates John Wall and Bradley Beal, plus NBA super teams.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play.

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