Marcus Morris Fined $35K for 'Recklessly Striking' Luka Doncic; Luka Fined $15K

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2020

Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Marcus Morris Sr. during the first half of an NBA first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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The NBA has fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. $35,000 for "recklessly striking" Luka Doncic in Sunday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Morris was given a flagrant-2 foul and ejected in the first quarter, although the Clippers went on to win the game and clinch the first-round series in six games. According to the NBA, the veteran's history as a repeat offender contributed to a higher fine.

Doncic was also fined $15,000 for throwing the ball at a referee in a separate incident.

Morris and Doncic had an earlier confrontation in Game 5 of the series after Morris stepped on Doncic's injured ankle.

Though he didn't say the first incident was definitely intentional, Doncic believed the hard foul in Game 6 told the full story.

"It was a terrible play," the All-Star said after the game. "What can I say? It's two games in a row he did something like that. I really hoped the first game it wasn't on purpose, but looking back on the foul this game, you know what I think. I don't want to deal with that kind of player—just move on."

Morris responded on Instagram: "Cry me a river."

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The veteran was able to avoid suspension as the Clippers progress in the NBA playoffs. They will face the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals with Game 1 set for Thursday.

Morris averaged 12.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in the last series and could be an important factor going forward for Los Angeles.