Markieff Morris Injury: Updates on Suns Forward's Shoulder and Return

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) reacts to a foul call in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Forward Markieff Morris suffered a shoulder injury on Jan. 19 against the Indiana Pacers and has not played since. However, he's ready to return.

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Morris Active vs. 76ers

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Morris is playing on Tuesday night. 

Morris Reliable Post Option for Suns 

The 26-year-old has slowly developed into a rock-solid player since the Suns drafted him in 2011, but it seemed as though a trade was imminent leading up to the season after Morris expressed dismay with the organization for its decision to trade his twin brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons.

Despite Morris' anger, he ultimately changed his mind and decided that he wanted to remain in Phoenix, per Bob Baum of the Associated Press (h/t  

"I want to be here," Morris said. "I don't really want to talk about what happened this summer. I just really want to look forward to this up-and-coming season and glad to be back with my teammates, glad to be back with my team."

Once it became clear Morris was on board, the Suns committed to him as a key part of their interior attack along with center Tyson Chandler.

On the heels of a career 2014-15 campaign that saw him average 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, Morris is enjoying another strong year to the tune of 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.

One of Morris' greatest attributes since entering the NBA has been his durability. After missing just three games as a rookie, he played in all but one contest from 2012-13 through 2014-15.

Morris' health came into question early in the 2015-16 season, however, as a sprained left knee forced him to sit.

Morris is a versatile player who is a solid shooter and capable of scoring the ball inside as well.


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