Marcus Morris
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New York Knicks small forward Marcus Morris speaks to reporters and addresses his ejection from Monday’s preseason matchup.

On Monday, the New York Knicks began their four-game preseason slate in the nation’s capital. The Knicks traveled to D.C. to take on the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena.

New York came out firing, taking a 57-42 lead into the locker room. They were led by small forward Marcus Morris, who had 17 points in the first half. However, his production came to an end in the third quarter after he was ejected.

Morris smacked the ball on the head of close-guarding Wizards guard Justin Anderson, which prompted referees to end his night early. After the game, Morris ultimately remained defiant when addressing the situation.

“If it was the regular season, I wouldn’t have done that,” he said. “Because my team needs me. I got to be smarter than that, set a better example. But, like I said in the beginning, we not taking no sh*t. So, it is what it is.”

Knicks fans are hoping it won’t be the same story when the regular season does come around. With the way he played tonight, it’s evident the team will need his type of production night in and night out.

Prior to the ejection, Morris snatched seven rebounds and dished out two assists to go along with his 17 points. He did this in 19 minutes on the floor.

Additional producers for the Knicks were rookie RJ Barrett (17 points and seven rebounds) and Taj Gibson (16 points and nine rebounds).

The Knicks will play host to the Wizards this coming Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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