Basketball - Morris banned for elbow on Ibaka

Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris has been suspended one game without pay for elbowing Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka in the face.

Basketball - Morris banned for elbow on Ibaka

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Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns (Reuters)

The incident occurred with 6:42 left in the third quarter of Tuesday night's pre-season game won by Phoenix.

Morris is suspended for the first regular season game in which he is eligible and physically able to play.

Also, the Suns announced that they waived guard/forward James Nunnally, who appeared in three preseason games. The team's roster is at 17 players.

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Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger is doubtful for the season opener against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night because of a calf injury, coach Frank Vogel said.

Granger suffered the injury on October 16 in an exhibition loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He has not practiced since then. The Pacers complete their pres-eason schedule on Friday night in Dallas.

"There's a chance he could play on opening night, but it's probably unlikely," Vogel said. "He was on track to maybe have a role with the starting unit. Now he's struggling to find his timing.

"We're running the offence through Lance (Stephenson) when he comes off the bench. We'll see where he's at on a day-by-day basis."

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A strained groin could keep Joakim Noah out of the Chicago Bulls' season opener against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

Noah has played less than 20 minutes in preseason games and just returned to basketball drills on Wednesday after sitting out a week to rest, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Noah acknowledged that he wants to play against the Heat in the opener and that he's feeling better. Still, he's concerned about rushing back and having the injury linger.

"I have to be smart," he said. "It sucks. There's nothing more that I want than to be out there on the court."

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The Washington Wizards have trimmed their roster to 15 players ahead of the season opener next week by waiving forwards Josh Childress and Pops Mensah-Bonsu and guard Xavier Silas.

Childress, a 2004 lottery pick, averaged 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in four preseason games. Mensah-Bonsu also played in four exhibition games and averaging 0.5 points and 1.3 rebounds.

Silas saw action three times during the preseason and averaged 4.0 points per game.

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