James: 'We'll continue to attack'


James: 'We'll continue to attack'

BOSTON -- The Miami Heat arent backing down.

Following the Boston Celtics 101-91 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James said his team will continue attacking the basket moving forward.

After taking 24 free throw attempts alone in Game 2, James made just five trips to the line in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Friday. The Heat shot 20 free throws, 27 less than their total on Wednesday.

In spite of the Celtics win, James (34 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) thought his team was aggressive. He noted 46 points in the paint, the most they have scored all series, and said they will continue go hard at the basket.

I think we still were in attack mode, he said. Just the free throw attempts didnt show for it. I hit a few jumpers as well, but I got into the lane. D-Wade (Dwyane Wade) definitely got into the lane, got some attack points. We had 46 points in the paint, which is a really good clip. We only made five threes, so it does show we had to make some shots in the paint as well. It just doesnt show for us.

The Celtics made it a priority to attack (58 points in the paint), and the Heat will, too.

Were attack guys, said James. Well continue to attack and try to force the issue. Thats what we do and thats why were in this position now.

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


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.