Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
If you are going to kick off pre-seas0n with a bang, you better go into overtime and have one of your players ejected right? Well, the chances of guessing this would actually happen in a game are… well pretty low in the odds makers books, but with the Wizards involved anything can happen and did tonight as they came out on the wrong side of a 124-121 loss to the Knicks.
John Wall appeared in just nine minutes for the Wizards tonight, but it was the players trying to make the roster that left Scott Brooks with some decisions to make over the next few games as to who may make one of the final roster spots. He did get some good minutes from Jason Smith with Dwight Howard out with the back and Ian Mahimi starting at center.
So lets talk Keiff!! Morris was ejected with 3:45 remaining in the first half after being assessed with his second technical foul. Well, he took exception to Knicks Rookie Mitchell Robinson and they had some choice words in the face of each other, which led to him hitting the showers earlier than Brooks would have liked.
“He’s a stupid-ass rookie,” Morris said about Robinson. “Talking too much. Obviously I didn’t like what he said, and the refs overplayed it and threw me out.
“I don’t even know him. I ain’t never really seen him before,” Morris added, his mellow voice rising. “He just checked into the game. I never even guarded him. I didn’t know there was a Mitchell on their team.”
After Morris was gone for the game and the Wizards returned for the second half of the game, their attitude of playing hard for Morris seemed to be there and it wasn’t going to just let the Knicks grab this victory from them.
One of the big bright spots for the Wizards in the final minutes of the fourth quarter was the play of their two way player, Jordan McRae, who they signed to the Washington GOGO of the G League. He played 13 minutes and scored 14 points off the bench.
“Jordan gave us some good looks tonight. We are happy he is our system and he can help this G League team and perhaps make a difference right here someday just like he did tonight,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks.