Celtics Exit Interviews: Will Marcus Morris be back?

Celtics Exit Interviews: Will Marcus Morris be back?

BOSTON -- Say what you want about Marcus Morris; the man doesn’t lack confidence. 

Like Kyrie Irving, Morris also talked about how things would be different for the Celtics, in a good way, once the playoffs rolled around. 

He was right … sort of. 

A strong first-round sweep of Indiana was as good as things would get for Morris and the Celtics who were soon knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by Milwaukee. 

And while Morris proved to be one of the few bright spots for the Celtics this season, he, too, had a less-than-ideal finish to the season and potentially, his career as a Celtic. 

Morris will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is expected to receive a decent amount of attention from a number teams, which include the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. 

The attention Morris will garner this summer is in large part due to how he played this past season for the Celtics. 

Morris put up career-best stats in a number of categories such as rebounding (6.1 per game) and shooting (44.7 percent from the field).

Still, there’s a need for him to become a more consistent shooter. 

Prior to the All-Star break, Morris was averaging a career-high 14.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent on 3’s. 

After the break, his scoring had dropped to 12.5 points while shooting 37.8 percent from the field and 30.0 percent on 3’s. 

Morris has a solid 6-foot-9 frame and seems built for today’s NBA game, which rewards players with defensive versatility. While that’s a big part of who Morris is as a player, his defense this past season wasn’t as good as we’ve seen from him in past.

Even with some aspects of his game being off compared to past years, Morris, who turns 30 in September, is a player who has tremendous value in the NBA for not just what he does statistically, but also because of the tough-guy demeanor that he plays with on a night-in, night-out basis.

And those skills are going to be rewarded in a big way this summer when he hits free agency and lands what’s likely to be a contract that will at least double the $5 million he made last season. 

The only question isn’t whether he will get paid, but rather will he be getting paid by the Celtics?

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NBA Rumors: GMs in favor of play-in tournament when season resumes

NBA Rumors: GMs in favor of play-in tournament when season resumes

On Thursday, the NBA took another step toward figuring out the best way to return to action.

Commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with the league's general managers to review a survey that was delivered to teams last week. In the survey, GMs voted on potential formats to resume play.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reports about 75 percent of GMs were in favor of a play-in tournament between bubble teams rather than a World Cup-style group stage. Front-running teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks favored the play-in tourney as it would give them a far easier path to the NBA Finals.

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More from O'Connor:

General managers were surveyed about a 'playoffs-plus' format—either a play-in tournament between the bubble teams to determine the final seeds in the playoffs, or a World Cup–style group stage, which would replace the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs with a round-robin format. About 75 percent of teams voted in favor of a play-in tournament, sources said, while 25 percent of teams voted in favor of the group stage.

Although many GMs are in favor of the play-in tournament, that doesn't mean the league will go in that direction.

“Adam [Silver] isn’t taking the results seriously,” a team executive told O'Connor. “Every team is obviously gonna vote for what’s best for them.”

Still, it's a noteworthy development and one that could not only impact how the NBA proceeds with its 2019-20 campaign, but also how it approaches future playoff formats.

For more details from O'Connor, check out his full article here.

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Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

The Boston Celtics hosting a playoff game in an empty arena would be a bizarre experience.

Take it from the guy who's played in front of empty arenas.

Celtics big man Daniel Theis played several years of professional basketball in his native Germany before joining the C's in 2017. On the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics At Home," Theis explained that preseason games often didn't have fans, which created an atmosphere he didn't exactly enjoy.

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"It's definitely weird just thinking about it," Theis told host Brian Scalabrine. "Thinking back for me, playing in Germany in preseason games when you have scrimmages and no fans in there. You hear every voice, every word, every step. It's annoying."

Games without fans could be the NBA's new reality as it aims to safely resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Germany's top soccer league, the Bundesliga -- which Theis has been following intently -- is already playing games in empty arenas.

But while Theis wants to get back on the court, he doesn't sound thrilled about playing games without fans again -- especially if that means losing the home-crowd advantage that Boston provides.

"When I watched the soccer games this weekend, it was just -- it didn't feel right," Theis said. "Especially in Boston, when it comes to the playoffs and the fans at TD Garden are so important and so loud ... Then I can imagine now just playing a playoff game with nobody in there, it feels probably like a practice game or scrimmage."

Theis also discussed some of the Celtics' best Zoom guest speakers during Episode Three of "Celtics At Home," which includes guest appearances from C's legends Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Walton.

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