Markieff Morris rejoins Heat for game against T-Wolves

Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Jan. 17, 2022, in Miami. Morris, who has not played since early November, is expecting to return to the Heat lineup in the coming days. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI – Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris was cleared to play Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves following a four-month absence because of a whiplash injury.

Morris was injured in a Nov. 8 scuffle with Denver’s Nikola Jokic. He missed 58 games.

The scuffle came late in that Nov. 8 game, shortly after the Heat ire was raised when no call was made after they thought Jokic fouled Miami center Bam Adebayo.

Morris stopped play a few seconds later by intentionally crashing into Jokic from the side, a foul that referees called flagrant.

Jokic then blindsided Morris with a hard shove from behind.


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