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Markieff Morris finishes solid preseason for Phoenix

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Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) pulls down a rebound in front of Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufos (41) during the first quarter in a preseason NBA game Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Phoenix.

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) pulls down a rebound in front of Denver Nuggets' Kosta Koufos (41) during the first quarter in a preseason NBA game Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Phoenix. by Nick Gerik

Not to be outdone by younger brother Marcus, Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns) came out strong in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. Markieff scored six points, collected three rebounds and blocked three shots to start the game. He finished with 12 points (5-9 overall, 2-4 threes), seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 18 minutes. Markieff also fouled out for the second time in as many career NBA games (full stats here).

After the game, Markieff talked about Thursday’s game, the fouls and some friendly trash-talking with his brother.

ValleyoftheSuns.com's Michael Schwartz quoted Suns starter Channing Frye's take on the rookie's performance:

“Great job,” Frye said of Keef. “I think he’s learning fast. I think he does a lot of great things out there. I think he’s going to be a great help for us. I think he’s going to be a great addition to this team, and I love being out there playing with him.”

Schwartz went on to say:

Morris played like he belonged. He brought a physical presence down low, gobbled up the boards and shot jumpers with no hesitation that often found the bottom of the net.

If you’re itching for Markieff’s highlights, watch Marcus’ from last night (twin joke!). Or take a look at the two tucked away in this short recap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Q2O4bgoOQ


Other notes

And check back tomorrow for updates on all the other former Jayhawks playing overseas.


Jayhawks in upcoming NBA games

Sunday, Dec. 25 (Opening Day)

  • 11 a.m., TNT, Paul Pierce (if healthy) and the Boston Celtics vs. the New York Knicks

  • 1:30 p.m., ABC, Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat vs. the Dallas Mavericks

  • 7 p.m., ESPN, Nick Collison and Cole Aldrich and the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Orlando Magic

  • 9:30 p.m., ESPN, Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors vs. the Los Angeles Clippers

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