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Markieff Morris seeing specialist for neck injury

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Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris will see a specialist to check his ailing neck.

Morris missed their last two games after feeling discomfort in his neck and upper back. According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, Morris and the Wizards decided to seek a second opinion after the first MRI revealed no significant damage. The team has yet to decide on who to consult about the veteran forward’s condition.

The 29-year-old forward has been dealing with neck and upper back pain since he took an elbow from LeBron James in their 128-110 loss on December 16. He appeared in their next five games, playing his regular minutes, before the team decided not to field him in their back-to-back against the Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Hornets.

The eighth-year forward is averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds this season. The former Kansas standout is hoping that he will not miss any significant time after the upcoming visit to a specialist.

“It’s something where I think if it required surgery, they would have told me already,” Morris said. “I don’t think it’s that deep. I hope it’s not that deep.”

If the team’s medical staff eventually rules him out for a longer period of time, it would be another blow to the already-depleted rotation of the Wizards. Washington is playing without starting center Dwight Howard, who underwent back surgery. Otto Porter Jr. is also on the sidelines because of a right knee injury.

The Wizards also announced on Saturday that superstar guard John Wall will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season. The five-time NBA All-Star will undergo surgery in his left heel, and is expected to recover in six to eight months. Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games this season.