Celtics

Celtics

LONDON –  You knew the Celtics having a more spaced out schedule would help some players. Few will benefit more than Marcus Morris, who will play Thursday against Philadelphia without any minutes restriction.

The 6-foot-9 forward has been in and out of the Celtics lineup due to left knee soreness, but ample days between games — four on each side of Thursday — should serve him well.

“Hopefully the knee responds well; continue to move forward,” Morris told NBC Sports Boston.

And if so, Morris can step on the floor and just play his game without worrying about where he’s at minutes-wise. 

“This is my first year being minutes restricted,” said Morris, who added that he does get sped up some times in games.

When healthy, he has proven himself to a solid role player as a key reserve or as a starter. The Celtics are 10-1 when Morris opens with the first unit.

The news on the health front is good for Al Horford as well.

Horford missed Boston’s last game with a sore knee/calf injury, which isn’t expected to keep him out of Thursday’s game.

“The knee’s OK,” Horford said following today’s practice in London. “I was able to go through practice. There was still some discomfort there but I was able to practice. I was encouraged by that so I should be good to go.”
 
Horford still isn’t sure how the injury occurred.

“It’s like knee-calf area,” he said. “It’s something very different. It’s never happened to me before. But a couple days’ rest has been good for me. I just need to keep treating it; I hope to be able to go Thursday.”