Can Markieff Morris Help the Lakers Play Small Ball Come Playoff Time?

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There are a lot of things that need to go wrong or right (depending on which
way you look at it) for Morris to get significant playing time during the

The Lakers would need to lose Dwight Howard. Even then JaVale McGee and Anthony Davis would fill in for Howard.

Next, you would have to lose one of the guys to have a chance at him getting
big minutes at the 5 spot.

The Lakers mainly brought in Morris for the end of season slog allowing for
Davis and the starters to get some rest during the long taxing regular season.

With the regular season cut short due to COVID-19 and players getting around 4 months off, this in a way negates what Morris was brought in for in the 1st place.

Morris will get significant playing time in the warm-up games. These games
will be used to get the stars in shape and game ready, but they will not play
full playoff minutes as this is simply them shaking off the rust.

Players like Markieff Morris, Alex Caruso, Devontae Cacok,
Quinn Cook, and Jared Dudley will have most of the minutes. For any players on the cusp of the playoff roster, this will be their proving ground to decide if they are capable of playing a part during the playoffs.

If Morris can offer the Lakers a legit small ball center option with his
strength, length, foot speed, and toughness can limit his opposing man then he has a real chance to be an important member of the roster, maybe not this season but going forward.


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