Marcus Morris says he has the 'perfect size' to guard LeBron James

Florence Fletcher
May 13, 2018

He and the Cavs swept IN 4-0 IN last year's playoffs which led to George leaving the team, and kicked off this postseason with a tough, 4-3 win over the rebuilt IN team, which was mostly a showing of how James can win series without any help from his teammates.

Stevens, however, has said while Morris is successful when it comes to defending against the Cavaliers star, his whole team must guard against him in order to make sure he doesn't play a huge impact on the game.

"I'm a little older, a little more experienced", Morris said when asked about his last playoff series against James. "If Marcus Smart was willing to take a - let's say Sacramento (Kings) for argument's sake or another team that isn't quite good and they offer him $14 million a year and the Celtics say, 'We can't pay you that". "You know, that series, it was fun". It was my first time being in the playoffs, being able to go against one of the best players in the league, if not the best. He's been logging in 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 block per game after two rounds. The Cavs forward broke the spirit of Toronto in the second round. That said, does Morris have a point? While we won't be seeing a Kyrie Irving versus LeBron James showdown, this series should still be exciting. "I think he's been great at just attacking". Unfortunately Toronto got swept, but it looked very easy.

But today's matchup is one reason that the Celtics traded for Morris, as it turns out.

"Marcus does a great job of getting his hands dirty, getting on the floor", said teammate Marcus Morris. "They make a lot of good cuts and things like that, so you can't just defend the 3-point line and think that's going to be it". "I think that's something different that we will bring to the table".

As the team's leading rebounder and shot blocker this post season, Horford has stepped up. They just play really hard.

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Marcus Morris (6-9, 235) also guarded James during the regular season. On a side note, LeBron owns a stake in Liverpool worth £25 million, which came about from a 2011 deal his marketing firm made with Fenway Sports Partners where he was paid with a 2% share.

Here is how you should be able to tell. Not having Kyrie, it's one less guy LeBron has to kick it to. One of the more versatile defenders in the NBA, Tucker will likely draw a slew of defensive assignments in this series. The two squads are barely recognizable from last year's conference finals clash, and have even changed from their last regular-season tilt.

"Totally a collective effort", Brad Stevens said on Friday. We have our rotations, who we want to play. But at the same time this team has figured out how to be the best version of themselves without him and LeBron's taken even more of a role. Kyrie Irving went from Cleveland to Boston last summer; his season is over because of a knee injury. He had an infection and had to have those wires and screws removed.

Gordon Hayward made a surprise appearance at yesterday's practice, and participated in a walkthrough. Boston beat Philadelphia three times as an underdog - in Games 1, 2 and 3 - and covered the spread in Game 5, the one time they were a narrow favorite.

"He's been in Indy for however long now". Looking at some trends, the Cavs are just 28-24 against winning teams while the Celtics are 31-21.

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