Phoenix Suns: Morris twins feel the heat as Jazz burn the Suns.
Although Phoenix has had a less than mediocre season, Suns fans may look forward to upcoming years with the Morris brothers representing their team. The brothers reunited on the court when Phoenix traded a second-round pick to the Houston Rockets to bring the identical twins together again.
At Kansas, the Morris brothers led their team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots during their final season. They also led Kansas to a Big 12 title and into the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed. Basketball fans questioned how the boys would perform separated in the NBA when Markieff was drafted with the 13th pick by the Phoenix Suns and Marcus was selected with the 14th pick by the Houston Rockets.
Now that the brothers have reunited, should Kansas and Suns fans expect to see the same level of dominance that the twins showed in college?
Born about seven minutes apart, with Markieff coming into the world first, the twins have remained close in brotherhood and playing time on the court throughout their careers.
That time span has widened as Markieff, No. 11, is currently a starter for the Suns while Marcus, No. 15, hasn't seen nearly as much playing time and didn't even play against the Jazz on Wednesday night.
No matter how much each brother plays, one thing remains undisputed. The brothers make up the 10th sibling teammate combination that the NBA has seen. In fact, brotherly love as teammates isn't foreign to the Suns as Phoenix was home to Dick and Tom Van Arsdale in the 1976-77 season.
Last month when Markieff found out that he'd be playing with his brother in the NBA, he became ecstatic. Markieff told a USA Today reporter, "I'm super excited, it can't get no better for me. This is what I definitely wanted from the beginning, to be the same as college. I'm just excited to be able to play with him again. Honestly, all of this has been a dream to me. God is blessing it to be better and better for me and him."
Markieff ended the night in Utah with 10 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three assists. Not a bad contribution for the older twin who now must console his little brother and perhaps help to pull out some slivers from riding the pine Wednesday night.
One thing remains certain. If the twins want to cause problems for the Jazz in the future, they'll have to take advantage of practice with Luis Scola, who has a reputation of playing well against the Jazz throughout his career.
Bobby Macey is a social media guru and public relations specialist who works for Ok.com — your family's media guide by day and writes for DeseretNews.com covering the Utah Jazz by night. He blogs at Jazznation.net and tweets from @utjazznation.
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