Wizards’ Justin Anderson reacts to Knicks’ Marcus Morris’ hit – It ‘was kind of immature’
Plenty of New York Knicks and Washington Wizards fans can remember the bizarre moment when Marcus Morris hit Justin Anderson on the head with the ball. There was a small scuffle that happened in DC before Morris was subsequently ejected from the game.
The journeyman wing, now on his fourth NBA team in four seasons, admitted that he was fiercely motivated by what Morris did when they reunited once again at the Garden.
Justin Anderson made 15 points in 19 minutes on Friday against the Knicks and is looking like a sure addition to the Washington lineup. He explained what he thought of the entire scuffle and how he turned it to a great outing for himself.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (extra motivated). Obviously, there’s been a lot of talk about it. My biggest thing is making sure I go out there and whatever opportunity I get, making sure I play hard defensively, compete defensively,” Anderson said. “And make sure offensively, I told my brother, I’m just trying to kill. So I’m glad I played that way and maintained my composure and handled it like class and business.”
“Basically, he threw the elbow and that’s when I was thrown off guard and whatever he followed up with was kind of immature,” he said. “But we’ve been playing our whole lives, it ain’t nothing I ain’t seen before. It was pretty rough off the heezy. But if playing good defense and locking up is going to get people ejected and get me hit in the head with the ball we might have a good year this year for defense.”
These two teams will meet four times this season, and there will be plenty of chances for Anderson and Morris to butt heads. Hopefully, there wouldn’t be any other surfaces the ball will touch other than the hardwood and the ring.