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Marcus Morris calls out Celtics following loss to Clippers: “It hasn’t been fun for a long time”

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Morris says he sees the Celtics as a “bunch of individuals”, not a team.

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BOSTON - After the Boston Celtics blew a 28-point lead to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night at TD Garden, the locker room was quiet. There wasn’t much talking, and certainly no joking around. One thing you could hear was the slamming of two medicine balls in the adjacent weight room. After most of the players had left for the night, Marcus Morris and Semi Ojeleye were still getting after it. Morris appeared first, followed by Ojeleye about ten minutes later. Despite going through a postgame workout, Morris still had plenty to say following one of the worst losses of the season.

The Celtics blew an 18-point lead on Thursday night to the Lakers, only to turn around and do the same on Saturday. According to Morris, much of that had to do with those two opponents playing as teams, rather than individuals. He began by speaking about the difference between the Clippers and Celtics on Saturday night, which ultimately led to the issues that Morris sees in this team.

“You saw a way tougher, more aggressive team (in the Clippers),” Morris said. “That’s the bottom line. Way tougher, way more aggressive. Emphasize the word team. ... For me it’s not really about the loss, it’s about the attitudes we’re playing with. Guys are hanging their heads. It’s not fun. We’re not competing at a high level. Even though we’re winning, it’s still not fun. I don’t see the joy in the game. I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench, they’re jumping on the court, they’re enjoying their teammates success, they’re enjoying everything, and they’re playing together and they’re playing to win. And when I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals.”

“We’re going to lose games, but we don’t have no attitude, we don’t have no toughness, we ain’t having fun,” continued Morris. “It’s been a long season.”

Morris did touch on the fact that one of the tougher times of the season (the trade deadline) is over. This is the team the Celtics will finish the season with, so it’s time for them to buckle down and change their attitude towards winning an NBA title.

“The goal has to be to win. Bottom line,” said Morris. “We have play to win. That’s sacrificing playing hard, that’s sacrificing being a better teammate, that’s sacrificing whatever it is. We have to put it to the side. No one’s getting traded. The trade deadline’s over. We’re competing for a championship. And that’s how we have to approach these games. Win, lose or draw, man. We’re going to lose games, but we don’t have no attitude, we don’t have no toughness, we ain’t having fun. It’s been a long season.”

Morris continued with the theme of sacrifice as he went on, including himself in a hypothetical, rotation-changing scenario.

“This s**t has to change, man,” added Morris. “We have to genuinely want to win, that has to be the first goal, whatever that change is, I’m with it. They want to take me out of the starting lineup, get some juice in there, I’m with it, man. But I’m trying to win. That’s the main goal. Trade deadline is over, this is the team we rocking with, this is what we going with. End of the day, man, it’s unacceptable what we did tonight. It’s very unacceptable for a team of our caliber.”

It was very clear that this had been weighing on Morris for a bit of time, and he’s never been one to sugarcoat things. Saturday’s loss was what it took to let is all come out.

“I mean, it hasn’t been fun for a long time, man,” said Morris. “Just hasn’t been fun for a long time, man. It’s not a matter of winning or not, the attitude it’s — it is what it is.”

Even when the Celtics were stringing together win streaks?

“Hasn’t been fun man,” responded Morris. “Hasn’t been fun.”

The Celtics forward did seem to think that there’s time to turn this around, stating that he has hope for the rest of the season. Where it begins? Well that’s a completely different question.

“Yeah, I mean, I really do. I think it can,” Morris said. “But you have to start somewhere.”


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