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Stevens: Morris out with knee soreness, Tatum to start opening night

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Marcus Morris is likely to to miss the first week of the regular season with knee soreness, which means Jayson Tatum will start opening night against the Cavaliers.

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Brad Stevens told the media on Sunday that Marcus Morris is likely to miss the first week of the regular season due to right knee soreness.

Stevens said that Morris came into training camp with some soreness, but that there isn’t anything wrong with his knee structurally. Since the Cavaliers are going with LeBron James and Kevin Love in the front court with their starting lineup, Stevens is going to stay small even though Morris is out.

Quite the opportunity for Jayson Tatum in the first game of his career. He started three games in the preseason at the power forward position, but opening night against the Cavs is a different animal.

In other injury news, LeBron James is questionable to play Tuesday night due to an ankle injury, and Aron Baynes looks to be available after spraining his knee in Boston’s preseason game against the Sixers a week ago.

Tatum starting at power forward in his first professional game just adds to the incredible amount of intriguing storylines that have developed heading into the beginning of the Celtics’ 2017-18 regular season. The Celtics and Cavs face off on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST.