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Scott Brooks says Markieff Morris could be available to play this week

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The Wizards have gotten out to a nice 4-2 start, even though Markieff Morris hasn’t been able to play. However, it looks like that could be close to changing, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post:

Keep in mind, Morris still needs to serve his one-game suspension for leaving the bench during Friday’s brawl in Oakland, so he won’t be able to play on Wednesday even if he is healthy enough to play. However, if that is indeed how it plays out, it would set Morris up to return for Friday’s game at home against the Cavaliers.

Once Morris returns, Washington will face a tricky decision on who loses their spot in the rotation. Mike Scott looked like he’d be the natural candidate at the start of the season, but he’s played well as of late, especially compared to Jason Smith, who got hurt in the season opener and hasn’t looked like himself since returning. Morris’ ability to shift to the 5 could also put a crunch on Ian Mahinmi’s playing time.

Either way, it’s a good problem for Washington to have. While Morris has his flaws, the Wizards are a better team when he’s available. With big games this weekend against the Cavaliers and the Raptors, it’s a really good time to get him back into the flow of things.