After the Wizards trounced the Hawks in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series, Washington players complained about the physical nature of the game.
"The difference in the game was we were playing basketball and they were playing MMA," Hawks forward Paul Millsap said Sunday.
Well, Millsap better get used to it because the Wizards are planning on bringing it again. Speaking Wednesday during the team'sshootaround, Markieff Morris promised to play physical again, and indicated it's going to be even worse than the first game.
“I guess if that’s MMA, then what we do next might be double MMA," Morris said, via the Washington Post.
“They said we wrestling so I guess they don’t have a choice but to come out and play tougher. It is what is. We ain’t going to stop our intensity because of what they say. We’re going to keep playing as hard as possible and playoff basketball.”
On the day day after Game 1, Millsap said the Hawks will need to slow down the Wizards' backcourt. He said they weren't too concerned with Morris.
“I think it’s important that we control the other two guys, Beal and Wall. They are extensive scorers. I’m not going to turn this into a personal battle between me and Morris," he said. "That’s what he wants me to do, take all the focus off the team and put it on him. I’m not going to do that. I’ve been in the league too long. It’s about the team and stopping those two guys, the head of the snake which is John Wall, and we’ll give ourselves a really good chance to win.”
Morris laughed that off Wednesday: "I heard Millsap saying they don’t want Brad and John to score as much and they want toletus score — basically is what he’s saying. We’re going to adjust to that real well."
After battling through the media all week, expect these two to go at it on the court in Game 2.