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Marcus Morris calls out Antetokounmpo: 'Bro, you getting all the calls'

Marcus Morris calls out Antetokounmpo: 'Bro, you getting all the calls'

BOSTON -- Marcus Morris could only chuckle at first when he read about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s take on how the Boston Celtics were doing defensively against him. 

“You can play to the limits of fouling,” Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports! reporter Vincent Goodwill. “They (Celtics) definitely play to the limits of (flagrant) fouling.”

Break out the Morris chuckle right … about … now!

“Flagrant-fouling him? Please,” Morris told NBC Sports following Boston’s practice on Thursday. “Borderline not fouling his ass, with him getting calls.”

In defense of Antetokounmpo, he later said that of the Celtics and them fouling, “Now, you gotta (expletive) play. You can’t complain to the refs, you gotta play.”

But hearing him describe the way Boston is fouling is odd when you consider that he literally spends more time at the free throw line than anyone in the playoffs.

During the regular season, Antetokounmpo averaged 9.5 free throw attempts per game, which ranked third in the NBA. 

In the playoffs, that number is up to a league-high 11.8 attempts per game. 

And in the two games against Boston, Antetokounmpo has averaged 14 free throw attempts per game.

To put that in perspective, Antetokounmpo is averaging just 3.5 fewer free throw attempts per game than the entire Celtics team in this series. 

Morris acknowledges that the Celtics have tried to be physical with Antetokounmpo, which he says isn’t all that different than their approach defensively against him and any other upper-echelon player in the NBA. 

That’s why when he saw Antetokounmpo’s comments, he thought it was funny. 

“It threw me off,” Morris said. “I didn’t see it like that. I’m like, 'Bro, you getting all the calls; All of them.'

“You can’t even,” Morris said before making a blowing motion in the air, “it’s a foul.”

Morris added, “That just shows we’re probably getting to him by now. He’s a great player; he’s been playing well. Probably MVP, if not number two.”

But make no mistake about it.

Morris and the Celtics have no plans on changing the way they defend him. 

“I guess we’ll continue, borderline flagrant-foul him or whatever he calls it, I guess,” Morris said.

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Watch Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards hit 8 3s in third quarter vs. Cavaliers

Watch Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards hit 8 3s in third quarter vs. Cavaliers

Tuesday night's Celtics-Cavaliers preseason matchup was the Carsen Edwards Show.

The C's rookie guard came out of the locker room at halftime on fire, draining eight 3-pointers in the third quarter.

Watch below:

Edwards actually had a rough start to the game as he briefly exited after taking an elbow to the face and struggled to find consistency shooting the ball. It's safe to say Boston's second-round draft pick turned his luck around.

The C's entered Tuesday's game in Cleveland with a 3-0 preseason record.

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Celtics buy the Maine Red Claws but all the talk is about - who else? - Tacko Fall

Celtics buy the Maine Red Claws but all the talk is about - who else? - Tacko Fall

PORTLAND, Maine -- The day was supposed to be about the Celtics taking over ownership of the Maine Red Claws, a move that strengthens an already Teflon-tough bond that has existed for years between the two franchises. 

“This is important to the Celtics player development efforts,” said Rich Gotham, Celtics team president. “We love the market up here. You might think it’s a hockey state if you didn’t know any better. But you find out quickly it really is a great basketball state, so we’re happy to be in Maine and being in a vibrant city like Portland.”

But anything Celtics-related in some way, shape or form these days will come back to Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 sensation who attracts attention anywhere he’s at - and, in this case, where he’ll be in the near future. 

Fall recently signed a two-way contract with the Celtics, which means the bulk of this season will be spent in Maine as a member of the Red Claws, the C's Gatorade League affiliate. 

Undrafted out of Central Florida in last June’s draft, Fall has been on the minds of Red Claws fans for quite a while, actually. 

“After his first appearance in summer league with the Celtics, we couldn’t go a day in the state of Maine without someone asking, “Is Tacko going to be in Maine?” said Dajuan Eubanks, the Red Claws team president.

The good folks of Maine will get their wish now that Fall has been signed to the two-way contract, which allows him to spend no more than 45 days with the Celtics while the rest of his time will be spent with the Red Claws. 

“For us, it’s going to be great to have someone of that stature,” Eubanks said. “He has a lot of promise as well. I’m excited to have him here and develop.”

But TackoMania is clearly not just a New England or Celtics thing. 

Everywhere the Celtics have played, Fall has become an instant fan favorite with chants of “We Want Tacko” beginning sometime around the latter stages of the first quarter or in the second, even though he has played primarily in the fourth quarter this preseason. 

While it’s still to be determined whether he will start or how many minutes he will play, there’s no question that the Red Claws have every intention of finding a way to utilize him on the floor, certainly more than he has been used by the Celtics in the preseason. 

“Development is such a huge part of what we do, making players better on and off the court,” said Austin Ainge, the Celtics’ director of player personnel. “And the G-League has now become an essential part of that.”

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