Video: Things heat up between Paul Millsap and Markieff Morris over free-throw line mishap
Morris sparked the rivalry between the two when he took exception to being called a “stretch-four,” but didn’t consider it a sin to use on Millsap.
“That’s not my game,” Morris told J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic prior to the game. “That’s what the game is now. I just shoot threes. I added it to my game. I feel like that’s soft, too, stretch? What the hell is that?”
“They don’t say stretch-four when they name the lineups. They say power forward, right? So how can I be labeled a stretch-four? You say stretch four to Millsap. You say power forward to me.”
Two of the feistiest players in this series have gone back-and-forth, hustling for loose balls and heavily contesting each other’s shots — making this for a very entertaining matchup.
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The tension between the two came to a head in the most unlikely of places — the free-throw line — when Morris had hit foot on the line before his attempt and Millsap took it upon himself to call it out.
Millsap: "foot on the line."
Keef: "shut up."
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The two exchanged words as both teams headed into their respective locker rooms, giving a rather uneventful 4-vs-5 first-round matchup a much more interesting storyline to keep track of.
Morris had the last laugh as the Wizards came away with the opening game win, 114-107.