Washington Wizards’ starting power forward Markieff Morris will sit out Thursday’s game at the New York Knicks due to a sore right ankle, Coach Scott Brooks confirmed.

Morris has been sore for a few games, Brooks said, and played a combined 46 minutes in the Wizards’s past two contests. He scored 14 points and pulled in six rebounds against Charlotte at home Tuesday. The last time the Wizards and Knicks met, a 117-101 win for Washington at Verizon Center on Jan. 31, Morris had 24 points and 10 rebounds.

“You know what, he’s been a little sore the last couple of games, but I thought he’s been able to fight through it,” Brooks said. “But yesterday he woke up, was a little sore, and then today … So there was a chance, but I didn’t know for sure until this afternoon.”

The forward’s absence means Jason Smith will take over primary duties at the four-spot. Smith made a career-high five three-pointers in Washington’s game Tuesday.

“Jason has done a good job of stepping in and giving us quality minutes, hopefully tonight — he definitely has a big challenge guarding Porzingis,” Brooks said, “but I think he’s gonna be ready for it.”