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Lakers’ Markieff Morris speaks out on the ‘best thing’ after Game 5 blunder, loss vs. Heat

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The Los Angeles Lakers‘ Markieff Morris committed the key turnover in the final minute of Friday night’s Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat.

After Jimmy Butler sank two free throws with 16.8 seconds remaining to put the Heat up 109-108, the Lakers, after a timeout, ran a pick-and-roll with LeBron James as the lead ballhandler. James attacked the basket and drew a triple-team, then kicked it out to Danny Green for a wide-open three-pointer.

Green missed the shot, but the Lakers’ most costly blunder of the night came via Morris. The veteran forward grabbed the offensive rebound, then proceeded to throw an errant pass to Anthony Davis, who was working for position under the basket.

Morris was looking on the bright side in the wake of his error. On Saturday, he tweeted his intentions to turn a negative into a positive.

“Best thing about a loss is you get to really see who’s with you and who ain’t. #werightback,” he posted

The decision by the Lakers forward wasn’t misguided—Davis seemed to have a good position inside against Bam Adebayo—but simply inaccurate. On the other hand, he did miss a wide-open James, who was calling for an opportunity to attempt the championship-clinching shot.

Morris had played well through the first four games of the NBA Finals, but struggled across the board in Game 5. He failed to score a point nor register an assist in 23 minutes, and grabbed only one rebound. He shot 0-for-2 from the field.

Green, Morris, and the Lakers will have a chance to redeem themselves on Sunday in Game 6.