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Sunday notes: Markieff Morris, Brandon Rush play well off the bench


  • Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns) scored 14 points and outplayed starting power forward Channing Frye on Sunday night, but the Suns lost 102-91 to the San Antonio Spurs. Frye had an 0-for-7 dud of a night, going scoreless and adding just two rebounds in 18 minutes. Markieff, on the other hand, hit 6 of 10 shots (2 of 6 threes) with three rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes off the bench. He also committed four fouls (full stats here). Markieff did his best to help cut San Antonio’s lead in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points in nine minutes, but the Spurs held on to their double-digit lead.

  • Brandon Rush (Golden State Warriors) chipped in an efficient 12 points in 20 minutes on Sunday as the Warriors won their first road game, a 99-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Rush hit 5 of 8 shots (two dunks, a layup and 2 of 4 threes) to go along with three rebounds, an assist and zero turnovers (full stats here).

Other notes

  • Aaron Miles (BEKO PBL - Krasnye Krylya - Russia) scored 22 points off of sharp 8 for 11 shooting on Saturday. Miles also had four assists, two rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes (full stats here). His next game will be on Jan. 28.

  • Brady Morningstar (NBA D-League - Tulsa 66ers) had one of his best games in almost a month on Sunday. Morningstar scored 19 points, making all four of his three-point tries, as the 66ers lost by a point. He added five rebounds and two assists to two turnovers in 28 minutes (full stats here).

  • Chris Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted that Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut will be back for this afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s good news for Bogut and the Bucks, but bad news for Drew Gooden, who will head back to the bench for limited minutes.

  • Sherron Collins (Hacettepe University - Turkey) and Tyrel Reed (formerly of VOO Verviers-Pepinster - Belgium) both tweeted that they will be back in Allen Fieldhouse as KU takes on Baylor at 8:30 tonight.

Jayhawks in upcoming NBA games

Monday, Jan. 16

  • noon, ESPN, Josh Selby and the Memphis Grizzlies vs. the Chicago Bulls

  • 1 p.m., Drew Gooden and the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Philadelphia 76ers

  • 7 p.m., TNT, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics vs. Nick Collison, Cole Aldrich and the Oklahoma City Thunder


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