◼️ Marcus Morris has ensured that he is one of the best defenders in the NBA against LeBron.
A few days ago the Boston Celtics caused a stir on Twitter by publishing an article in which they claimed that Marcus Morris could stop LeBron James. The franchise erased it within hours, but the forward has added more fuel in the first game of the Eastern Finals: “After Kawhi Leonard, I’m the best defender against LeBron.”
“It’s one of the things that [Danny Ainge] said when I got here, that he thought he was one of the guys that could defend LeBron. They wanted me here, and not just for that, for the hardness and all that. But it was one of the things that stood out to bring me here. “
Of course, Morris has stressed that stopping the forward of Akron will be a team task for the Celtics. “There is not going to be one that can defend it [on its own]. It is the best,” he clarified. And in that sense, Brad Stevens also expressed himself: “It’s going to be a collective effort, totally. Marcus is big, strong, competitive, but you have to defend LeBron as a team. LeBron is a special player, and around him, he has very good players. “
According to Second Spectrum data released by ESPN, in the Celtics’ only victory against Cleveland this season Marcus Morris left LeBron at 13 points with a 4/11 field goal. However, in the overall regular phase the forward of the Cavs scored 43.6 points for every 100 possessions against Morris, the ninth-best mark of James against the 39 defenders who faced him at least on 50 possessions.
“My job will be to avoid easy baskets. […] We can’t allow his teammates to have 30 or 20 point games, and I think that is the best chance we have to win. He’s going to do his part, but we have to make it difficult for him, not allowing him easy baskets. “
“I do not want to be disrespectful, but watching the video I think that in the tie against Toronto it seemed too easy for LeBron. […] There was no help. They were not physical, I didn’t see any of that. I think that’s something that we’re going to change. “
The Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and the Cavaliers start this Sunday.