Things are getting increasingly chippy between the Wizards and Hawks.
Washington’s Markieff Morris escalated the trash talk by calling Atlanta’s Paul Millsap a “crybaby” after Saturday’s Game 3.
Do you agree with Morris that Millsap is a crybaby?
Here are Morris’ controversial post-game comments:
And here’s Millsaps reaction:
By Sunday, Millsap was done talking about his rival:
"Any (Markieff) Morris questions and I'm out," –Paul Millsap. Said this series, with all its…intensity…one of most fun he's been in. pic.twitter.com/8T2AXikIb0
— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) April 23, 2017
Here are some of the reactions to Morris’ comments on Twitter:
Paul Millsap and Markieff Morris do not like each other.
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) April 22, 2017
This Hawks Wizards series is actually entertaining. John Wall and Schroder hate each other's guts and so do Millsap and Markieff Morris lol
— Waleed (@ElkhalifaWaleed) April 22, 2017
Markieff Morris and Paul Millsap
Still a better love story than Twilight
— James Brophy (@JBrophy2705) April 23, 2017
Gotta love the playoffs. Paul Millsap is a crybaby. But Markieff Morris can't talk after shooting just 4-14. Show up and then talk. https://t.co/POWKVPunYU
— Melissa K. (@3rdkobayashi) April 23, 2017
Markieff Morris sit down. You have been giving Millsap your crap all series and he finally snapped you can't talk trash about a 4time(cont.)
— Ryan Perry (@ryanperry_17) April 23, 2017
Getting endless joy from Paul Millsap sinking jump shots on Markieff Morris. So good. I flipping love Paul Millsap's game and approach
— Graham Chapple (@Graham_Chapple) April 23, 2017
Millsap and Morris have been exchanging words practically the whole first-round series. After Game 1, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Millsap as saying:
“The difference in the game was we were playing basketball, and they were playing MMA. They were physical. When the game is like that, we have to match their physicality. But again, we’ve got to go get some moves and bring them back to the court.”
Morris didn’t like what he heard:
“Just see where he’s at now. I guess if that’s MMA, then what we do next might be double MMA.”
The Hawks lost the first two games but bounced back at home to make it a series. Millsap led Atlanta in Game 3 with 29 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Game 4 is Monday in Atlanta, and Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo is looking forward to it:
The Wizards are still favorites, and their play in the first two games was convincing, but this series is officially a thing now. The distaste in postgame voices is palpable, and Saturday’s responses were nothing if not replete with salt. Everyone likes rivalries, right? Here’s one to chew on for the next week, at minimum. This was never going to be a drool-worthy first round matchup, but … it’ll do.”
Who do you side with in the Millsap-Morris war of words?