The Clippers have moved on to the second round, but the sins of the first round are still catching up to them.
The NBA fined Marcus Morris Sr. $35,000 for the flagrant 2 foul he committed on Luka Doncic in Game 6, when Morris made contact with Doncic’s shoulders and was ejected. Per the league release, Morris’ history of physical was brought into consideration when applying the penalty:
LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris, Sr. has been fined $35,000 for recklessly striking Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić above the shoulders, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The amount of the fine was based in part on the fact that Morris, Sr. has been disciplined on several prior occasions for physical altercations on the court.
Morris was involved in dust-up with Kristaps Porzingis in Game 1 of the series that resulted in both players getting technical fouls. Doncic also took exception to Morris stepping on his left foot in Game 5, which caused Doncic’s shoe to come off, when Doncic had previously sprained his ankle on that same foot.
Considering Morris is currently playing on a one year, $15 million contract, the amount of the fine is relatively negligible. However, it’s worth noting that the league seemingly has an eye on Morris because one more flagrant 2 foul — which is classified as “unnecessary” and “excessive” contact — with result in a one-game suspension for Morris. Players are suspended in the postseason after accumulating four flagrant points, and Morris now has two after committing the Doncic foul.
Players are also suspended if they reach seven technical fouls. That should not be a problem as no individual Clipper was called for more than one technical during the entirety of the first round.