Markieff Morris Earns Delay of Game Tech from Arguing Free Throw Position | Wizards Blog Truth About

Markieff Morris Earns Delay of Game Tech from Arguing Free Throw Position

Updated: December 4, 2015

The Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns played what one could call a basketball game on Friday night. It wasn’t that bad. The two teams combined for 45 turnovers. It was also sort of terrible. Mostly for the Wizards, until they won, 109-106, somehow.

So many things happened but we are here to tell you about just one. Late in the game, the Suns are down 106-108 with around eight seconds left. Brandon Knight is about to shoot his free throw (got fouled in the act behind the line). He missed the first, which would cost him and the Suns a chance to tie the game. Knight, it appeared, intended to miss so that maybe his team could get the rebound and tie the game.

So, the players lined up. Right before the shot, Ryan Hollins went across the lane to box out Markieff Morris and then Morris slid across the lane to box out Otto Porter and Hollins followed Morris. Mirza Teletovic was caught in the middle of this rinse, wash, repeat cycle.

Eventually, Morris, who was second to move and thus without the advantage, used a dose of belligerence to draw a delay of game, which was a technical foul, since Phoenix had already receive a delay of game warning. At this point, just watch:

The Wizards, Bradley Beal specifically, missed the technical, then Knight missed the third free throw (on purpose), and Beal got the rebound. Garrett Temple then went 1-for-2 on free throws and Eric Bledsoe missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Somehow that game ending, after having happened, and being burned into existence outweighed the probability of the Wizards winning, 109-106. Somehow.

Happy Friday, everyone. Remember to stay woke but to also get plenty of sleep. And big ups to Markieff Morris for a transgression that didn’t end up mattering but which was quite entertaining.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.