After publicly calling out the team after two straight losses at home to the Lakers and Clippers, Marcus Morris stepped up in his hometown and helped spark the Celtics in a big win against the 76ers. Mook finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds, but it was his first quarter when he hit four of his first six shots that set the tone.
“I try and set the tone early. Be aggressive. Be physical. Get them to play our game, our style of play,” Morris said.
“Last couple of games, I’ve been thinking about my effect in the game, what I was doing, my energy and things like that. I just try and change it and try to make it reflective down the line.”
It was a game of match ups that included an epic battle between Al Horford and Joel Embiid. “They got a lot of new acquisitions over there, so we wanted to see how we matched up,” Morris said. “I thought guys really came out locked in and had fun and it looked like it. It was fun.”
To his credit, Morris outplayed his Sixers counterpart, the newly acquired Tobias Harris. Harris finished with just ten points on 4-for-14 shooting and was a -12 to Morris’ +8. When asked about lining up against Harris, Morris wasn’t bashful.
“I loved it. I thought they got Tobias for me, to kind of match up against me. Honestly, I thought in the starting lineup, I was kind of the wild card. When we matched up together, they had Wilson (Chandler) the first time. I thought I was effective, just trying to stay aggressive.”
After snapping a two-game losing streak, the biggest question was whether or not Morris had fun.
“It was very fun. It was fun fun. It was one of the better games, not even that we won, it was the intensity that everybody played with, the force that everybody played with. We just let it go and everbody played. It was very fun.”
And how do you celebrate a big road win on your homecoming? Marcus Morris bought the team cheesesteaks.