April 17, 2024

Cavaliers’ Marcus Morris Sr. tossed for elbow hit in win

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers ahead Marcus Morris Sr. was ejected from Monday night time’s win over the Hornets after he threw a excessive elbow that flattened Charlotte heart Nick Richards.

With the Cavaliers off to a sluggish begin, Morris delivered a blow to Richards’ jaw halfway via the second quarter, incomes him a Flagrant-2 foul. Morris, who has earned a tough-guy fame throughout 12 seasons in the NBA, mentioned whereas he wasn’t attempting to harm Richards, he was attempting to set a tone.

“I just wanted to be physical,” Morris mentioned. “Like I told the player (Richards), I wasn’t trying to hurt him. I’m just trying to set the tone, man. You’re rolling down the paint, catching lobs and we’re trying to stop that type of (stuff).”

The ejection ended up sparking a Cavaliers run as they ended the half with a 14-point lead.

The blowout win got here 24 hours after an embarrassing 37-point loss to the Heat in Miami.

Morris, who signed a 10-day contract with the Cavs on March 18, mentioned he was sending a message to his new teammates and the remainder of the league.

“There’s been a lot of grueling games and I was just wanted to toughen us up,” Morris mentioned. “Step in front of it like, listen this is what’s going to be expected moving forward, not just for today. Set the precedent going into the playoffs. We’re not about to have anybody coming in here and doing what they want to do.

“I needed to play the sport, I did not need to get thrown out, however I undoubtedly needed to place just a little lick on him. I used to be blissful the way in which we responded.”

Morris could hear from the league for his Flagrant-2 foul, but felt the Cavs needed it.

“I by no means actually need to get ejected from a sport,” he said. “I nonetheless need to assist my group, however I’m simply blissful we responded rather well. Going ahead, man, like I instructed the group, every of those video games acquired to be handled just like the playoffs.

“So if I got to lay somebody out every game, and we’re going to respond like that, then so be it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.