Markieff Morris is settling into his new team, the Washington Wizards, very well, as he had a good game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
The former Phoenix Suns star scored nine points against the current Eastern Conference leaders, and also had three rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes off the bench during his team's 113-99 victory.
He particularly shined on defense, limiting Kevin Love to 12 points, and doing what he could to stop Kyle Irving from getting into a real flow that could have caused a problem. Then again, LeBron James wasn't playing for the Cavs, so this might be the reason why Morris' opponents were kept in check.
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Nevertheless, his performances have been good enough to impress Wizards head coach Randy Wittman so far, according to Keely Diven of CSNMidAtlantic.
He said after the game: "I thought [Morris] took another step and he's just getting more and more comfortable. He makes the extra passes, he's a good passer. He sees the floor in roll situations ... So there's no question that I have a smile on my face with Alan healthy and Markieff here."
Despite the praise from Wittman, the 26-year-old power forward himself still believes he has a lot more in him to give to reach his full potential.
Morris said on his performance: "I think I did average of what I can do. Defensively, I'm 100 percent there. Offensively, I think I'm about 80 percent, 85 percent. Just got to keep going over the plays and watching film and getting better that way."
When he looks back on the film, he will see he is yet to score a three-pointer in a Wizards uniform, but that isn't damaging his confidence.
"I just bring intensity. I'm the type of guy, you put me out there and I'll do anything for the team, whether it's rebound, play defense, score.
"I'm just trying to lead by example. And on that second unit, be the guy that you can put on the forward and to stop him, and I think I'm that guy."
Morris is certainly sounding a lot happier in Washington than what he was in Phoenix. He said he feels great and that it feels like he is home.
"[The Wizards] have got a super family atmosphere. All the guys stay together. We got text messages going on all the time. I played with a couple guys and it feels like a family atmosphere. It feels like home."
During his six games with the Wizards so far, Morris has averaged 6.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. He'll be looking to improve these statistics when he plays against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.