After months of waiting, the Miami Heat may finally get back a key part of their rotation. Markieff Morris, who has been out since the early portions of the season due to a neck injury, is nearing his return to action.
An anonymous source told the Associated Press that Morris has received clearance to play from the NBA’s Fitness-to-Play panel. The Heat certainly took their time in easing back their enforcer, since neck injuries are a delicate matter. Nonetheless, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before we see Morris back on the court.
The forward’s neck injury and subsequent missed time was the talk of the town when it first happened. During a game between the Heat and the Nuggets, Markieff Morris and Nikola Jokic got into it in the middle of the court. Morris sustained his injury when Jokic blindsided him with a shove to the back after what looked like a blow to the MVP’s groin.
The incident divided many fans in the league. Some people felt like the hit was deserved due to the Heat forward instigating the incident. Others called Jokic out for his dirty antics. The Twitter beef between Jokic’s brothers and Markieff’s twin Marcus Morris only added to the fiery topic on hand.
Ultimately, Heat fans will be happy with Markieff Morris’ return. The team has started getting healthy as the season progressed, with Victor Oladipo finally making his season debut earlier in the month in outstanding fashion. They’ll need all hands available as they look to push for a Finals run this season.