It has been nearly seven months since the Celtics last saw the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game that ended with a C's buzzer-beater that gave them a 100-99 win.

The winning 3-pointer was drained by Marcus Morris, a shot that was controversial upon league review (after the game, NBA said it shouldn't have counted) in addition to being one that Morris admits was a couple years in the making.

“I’m gonna take you back to a little story why that meant a lot to me,” Morris told NBC Sports Boston. “Two years ago, I was in Detroit, and Paul George did a commercial. I never told anybody this. In the game, it was a Gatorade commercial, and he was counting down, ‘5-4-3 …’ in that commercial they had a person that looked exactly like me. And I noticed it because I was like, ‘Wait, it’s a Detroit Pistons jersey on.’

Morris added, “They blanked my number out but it was the exact form of my body. And everybody I told watch was like, ‘Oh.’ And when I had seen that, I thought that was just so disrespectful.”

Watch it here: 

If you haven’t figured it out by now, Morris is an extremely confident player when it comes to his play at both ends of the floor.


It’s hard to knock his play in these early games, with the veteran forward being arguably the team’s most consistent performer at both ends of the floor.

The veteran forward has come off the bench in all four games this season for Boston, averaging 11.8 points along with career highs in rebounding (6.3) and field goal percentage (.472) in addition to draining 37.5 percent of his 3’s.

Watching that Gatorade commercial in which George, then with the Pacers and now with the Thunder, drained a late-game shot over a player whose frame resembled his clearly upset Morris.

“First of all, I would have locked his ass down,” Morris said. “And second of all, it wasn’t me.”

So, when he found himself in a tight game back in March with the Thunder, one of Morris’ first thoughts after his game-winner went down was that commercial.

“So when I made that shot,” Morris said, “I reverted back to that [commercial] because he was guarding me and I hit it.”

Morris had 21 points for the night which included a trio of 3-pointers with the last one (all three can be seen here) being the game-winner.

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