Celtics fans do their part to recruit Durant to Boston

Celtics fans do their part to recruit Durant to Boston

BOSTON -- Danny Ainge can't do any recruiting of NBA superstars for the Celtics right now.

But Celtics fans? They can give it a shot.

On Wednesday night at the TD Garden, in the middle of a basketball game, they threw up a Hail Mary. Hey, why not?

"Come-to-Bos-ton!" chants broke out around the arena on more than one occasion with the sole recipient of those chants being Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Earlier on Wednesday Durant was asked about his thoughts on the team and city, of which he only had nice things to say.

It sure seems like the feeling is mutual.

And even before the game started Durant could feel the love, He was introduced as a Thunder starter to a round of cheers by Celtics fans.

There aren't many opposing players around the league (former C's not included) who can say they've been cheered by Celtics fans in the Garden. Dwight Howard, who will also be a free agent this offseason and played in Boston last week, can tell you that. He was booed plenty last week.

But as Durant sliced and diced his way to 28 points -- oh, by the way, that's his scoring average per game this season -- he did so as Celtics fans envisioned him in green and white.

But did those "Come-to-Bos-ton!" chants fall on deaf ears? They may have. At least that's what Durant wants everybody to think.

Told after the game what the fans were chanting, Durant claimed he couldn't quite hear them.

“I didn’t even hear that man," Durant said. "I couldn’t understand what they were saying. They said that?”

Yes, they did. 

So will you come to Boston?

Kidding, that wasn't the follow up question. But Durant was then asked what he thought of it.

“I don’t know. I don’t know. No thoughts, really," he said. "I mean, I’m just happy we won.”

Well, that's kind of a bummer.

But if nothing else, the Celtics gave Durant another nice memory to take with him about Boston. And who knows, maybe that will come into play in July . . .

Just be s

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Morris getting it done for Celtics on both ends of the floor

Morris getting it done for Celtics on both ends of the floor

When you think about Marcus Morris these days, big-time scoring immediately comes to mind. 

But in Boston’s 105-100 comeback win over Portland, Morris’ contributions went beyond the game-high 30 points he dropped on the Blazers.

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“Coach (Brad Stevens) is doing a great job of getting me the ball in my spots and my teammates are finding me,” Morris told reporters after the win. “And I’m just coming through.”

He’s providing strong play and a tremendous presence at both ends of the floor which has been critical to the team navigating some choppy waters with a number of regular rotation players – namely Kyrie Irving – out with injuries.

“One thing is, he’s healthy,” said Boston’s Al Horford, referring to the sore knee that limited Morris earlier this season and at times forced him to miss games. “And the other is, he’s just more confident, he’s playing very assertive. He’s playing great right now, in a really good rhythm.”

Said Stevens: “That’s been him (Morris). As he’s continued to feel better; I think physically he’s felt as good as he’s felt. He’s comfortable in our system and we need him to score. If you’re a basketball player and your job is to score, that’s a pretty good job.”

And it’s one that even with all the injuries Boston has played through, few envisioned him being such an integral part of the offense. 

Morris’ calling card prior to arriving in Boston was his defense. 

But Morris has made it known that his focus on the floor is to be as complete a player as possible.

“I’m not trying to just limit myself to just being that scorer,” Morris said. “Also, on the defensive end I think I’m bringing it; my defense has gotten a lot better, especially my on-the-ball defense. I’m trying to be that all-around player and not just an offensive player … but I can score.”