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C's preparing as though Bosh will play

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C's preparing as though Bosh will play

MIAMI The Boston Celtics will continue preparing as though Chris Bosh will play for the Miami Heat tonight, even as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra remains non-committal on the all-star forward's availability.

After Miami's shoot-around this morning, Spoelstra said Bosh went through the entire shoot-around, but his availability won't be determined until shortly before tip-off.

"He Bosh was able to go through a workout yesterday; he was able to go through shoot-around today," Spoelstra said. "We'll just have to continue to evaluate."

No one knows if the Heat are legitimately unsure if Bosh will return tonight after missing the last nine games with an abdominal strain, or whether Miami is simply keeping it under wraps to keep the C's guessing.

Miami Heat players repeatedly said they don't know if Bosh will play, although all indications based on his workouts with the team point towards his return to the lineup being tonight.

"He looks comfortable in what we've been able to do," said Heat forward LeBron James. "I think we all know a shoot-around or walk-through practice is totally different from what we've been doing on the floor as far as game time. We'll see."

Added Dwyane Wade: "He's been out for a while. Whenever he gets back on the floor, it'll take him a while to get his rhythm back."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has no idea if Bosh will play. But he has maintained that the C's have prepared as though they would see Bosh in each of the four previous games.

So from Boston's standpoint, knowing whether he plays until shortly before game time won't have any impact on them in terms of their game preparation.

But in terms of the actual game, Bosh's return has the potential to indeed be a game-changer.

"We definitely have to be aware. He's another big scoring threat for them," said C's Paul Pierce. "He can really put up some big numbers on any given night."

Added Pierce. "If he plays, he plays. We'll have a game plan for him. If not, we'll go as we go."

Even if the Heat do know one way or another about Bosh's availability, Rivers said he would probably keep it to himself until the last minute, too.

"It may give you an advantage, especially if you're not going to play him," Rivers said. "The team spends time, wasting time, working on if he's going to play. I would do the same thing. I wouldn't tell you until late. But I don't know if it matters one way or another."

Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
 
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
 
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
 
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
 
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
 
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
 
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.