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Marcus Morris: 'I'm not really about to BS stuff', demands more from Celtics

Marcus Morris: 'I'm not really about to BS stuff', demands more from Celtics

BOSTON — Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris admitted he spoke out of frustration when he vented about a joyless season in the aftermath of Saturday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, but he stressed Monday that his comments were made in large part because he sees the potential of this team if it can come together.

Morris said he felt like his teammates understood his message when he suggested that the Celtics haven’t been having fun much of the season and are too focused on individual accomplishments rather than hunting a title as a group. Morris met with reporters before the team’s flight to Philadelphia and expressed hope that, by publicly voicing his concerns, the team can rally together.

"To me, it was just speaking real. I'm not really about to BS stuff,” said Morris. "I want to win a championship. I understand what it takes to get there basically every day. And I think that's why my teammates, they definitely accepted it, because they see that I'm a guy that comes in here and I put my hard hat on and come to work. I'm passionate about it, and I don't know no other way. 

"To be in this position, to have a chance to compete for something like that, it means a lot to me, because you don't get this opportunity at all in this league. Eight years I've been here. It's not a crazy amount, but eight years I've been in the league, I never even thought I could win a championship with the teams I was on. And this team I feel a lot different about, and I just want to push us to that position.”

Morris’ comments Saturday hit like a bombshell on the heels of what many have dubbed the worst loss of the Brad Stevens era. The Celtics kicked away a 28-point lead while falling to the Clippers, on the heels of fumbling away a double-digit lead before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers two nights earlier on Rajon Rondo’s first career buzzer-beater.

Morris noted how coach Brad Stevens might have preferred his comments stay behind closed doors but Stevens said he was fine with Morris venting so long as he attached his name to his quotes.

“One of the things that we say at the very beginning of the year is that we don’t want to be a team quoted of unnamed sources. So if you’re going to say something, you’ve got to put your name next to it,” said Stevens. "And Marcus’ frustrations were obvious and evident, and you know what, in a lot of ways, I thought he said a lot of stuff that you can’t really argue in the last two games. So we need to be a lot better than we were at finishing out games and handling adverse situations in games, and go from there. But as long as we can put our name next to it, I’m good.”

Celtics veteran big man Al Horford said the team addressed Morris’ comments on Monday and the team was moving forward. 

"It's not fun when we're not playing the right way,” said Horford. "I just think it was a tough one. In the past two games, we've dominated teams at times, we just didn't come up with the results we wanted.”

Later Horford added: “I’m OK with [frustration]. I think it’s best that all these things happen now than come playoff time. … I think [the two LA losses were] a step back but I believe it will make us better in the long run.”

Morris is confident that teammates took his message the right way.

"For the most part, everybody agreed with me,” said Morris. "Coach, he thought it was the right thing to say. More to the fact of I could have basically kept that in-house and talked to my teammates, but you guys caught me at a good time. I was hot. I just spoke what was real. I didn't take it out of context or point anybody out. I just said as a whole. I just felt like we've got to enjoy this process.”

Later Morris added: "We watched the film, we watched a couple of clips, and guys understood what I was saying. Obviously, to be that caliber team, that championship team, you have to really buy in. You have to enjoy what's going on. And as I look around the league, like I said, those top teams, it seems like they enjoy what's going on, win, lose, or draw. You’re going to have some ups and downs, but you've got to have fun with it.”

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A. Sherrod Blakely's inaugural 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings

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A. Sherrod Blakely's inaugural 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings

BOSTON -- The NBA season will get going this week and that can only mean one thing … POWER RANKINGS ARE BACK!!!

And as we look at the NBA landscape at the start of the 2019-2020 season, it’s clear that this season has a predictably unpredictable feel about it.

Teams that for years began the season at or near the top like Golden State, are no longer a top-five lock out of the gates. Others who have spent the bulk of the last four or five years in basketball purgatory, seem to have a new lease on their basketball lives and find themselves among the top half of the league rather than being a perennial bottom-feeder.

It all sets the tone for what should be an exciting NBA season!

And with that, here’s NBC Sports Boston’s inaugural power rankings.

Click here for Blakely's full 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings>>>

16 reasons why 2019-20 NBA season is shaping up to be the best ever

16 reasons why 2019-20 NBA season is shaping up to be the best ever

NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers starts at 6:30pm Wednesday with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30pm.

Unprecedented player movement. No clear-cut favorite to win the title. One of the most talked-about rookies in years. Superstar duos across the league.

As the 2019-20 NBA season tips off Wednesday night, there's no shortage of intriguing storylines to monitor.

Which team has the inside track on the 2020 title: Kawhi Leonard's Clippers? LeBron's Lakers? The Greek Freak and the Bucks? Harden-Westbrook 2.0? The new-look Sixers?

How will the Celtics fare now that Kyrie Irving is gone, presumably along with the team's chemistry issues? Will Zion Williamson somehow live up to the hype?

Those are just a few compelling topics that will garner headlines over the next eight months, and NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg will be monitoring all of them.

Click here for 16 reasons why the 2019-20 NBA will be the best ever.>>>>>

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