Sunday, February 10, 2019

Marcus Morris isn't happy with this year's Celtics team

Marcus Morris believes what happened Saturday night between the Celtics and Clippers was unacceptable.

He's willing to do whatever it takes for his team to be where it needs to be in order to compete for a championship but has had a lot weighing on his mind. Following the Celtics’ 123-112 loss, Morris let it all out.

There's a problem embedded within the fabric of the Celtics culture, according to Morris, something he says he doesn't see when he faces other teams around the league.
"For me, it's not really about the loss, it's about the attitude that we're playing with," Morris said. "Guys are hanging their heads, it's not fun. We're not playing at a high level, even when we're winning it's still not fun. 
"I watch all these other guys around the league; guys are jumping on the bench, jumping on the court, their doing other stuff and it looks like they're enjoying their teammates' success, they're enjoying everything, they're playing together and they're playing to win. When I look at us, I just see a bunch of individuals."
What needs to change?
"The goal has to be to win; bottom line," Morris said. "You have to play to win. That sacrifice in playing hard, that sacrifice in being a better teammate, that sacrifice in whatever it is, we have to put it to the side. No one's getting trading, trade deadline is over. We're competing for a championship and that's how we have to approach these games. 
"Win, lose or draw. You're going to lose games but if we don't have no attitude, we don't have no toughness, we're not having fun; it's going to be a long season. It hasn't been fun for a long time."
Morris didn't hold back. He expressed how the identity of the Celtics doesn't coincide with one of a team where players encourage one another and push each other to be better as a cohesive unit.
"I want to win down the line," Morris added. "It has to be fun, have to have fun doing this. I look at all these other teams and guys are jumping on the court and guys are moving the ball, guys are setting up and helping guys on defense, guys are generally happy for each other. I look at this team and I don't see that."
When Brad Stevens' comments on how he needs to come up with a solution to the problem was mentioned to Morris, the starting forward said he's willing to come off the bench if it meant making the team better. He's willing to be the player to spark the necessary change.

Josue Pavón

Photo used is courtesy of USA Today

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