Marcus Morris talked a big game heading into the Eastern Conference Finals. The veteran journeyman proclaimed he’s the best player in the league at guarding LeBron James, next to San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard. So far, Morris has lived up to his words, and then some.
The Celtics have put an array of guys on James, from big man Al Horford to guards Terry Rozier and Semi Ojeleye. But nobody has been better at containing James than Morris, who’s held the King to 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting in 56 plays.
Morris, who stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs 236 pounds, has the physical stature to harass James. That continued in Game 2, with Morris hounding James all over the court. While James scored 42 points and picked up a triple-double, his performance was passive in the second-half. Most surprisingly, he didn’t drive to the basket with regularity, only attempting 10 free throws. James appeared more comfortable hanging around the perimeter, and Morris’ defensive pressure is probably one of the reasons why.
It’s easy to overlook Morris, because his style isn’t pretty. He overpowers opponents with sheer willpower and strength. This was personified midway through the third quarter, when he blew past Tristan Thompson in the paint, and then proceeded to scream in his face.
How much do you want to bet Khloe Kardashian’s name was mentioned?
Marcus Morris RIGHT in Tristan Thompson’s face pic.twitter.com/1R6gVHxfXk
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) May 16, 2018
The Celtics are a much deeper team than the Cavaliers. Morris, the fifth-best player on the team –– behind all the other starters –– is James’ kryptonite. That represents the Celtics’ advantage in this series more than anything else.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog