The Boston Celtics have lots of options when it comes to who will be in their starting lineup for the season opener at Cleveland.
But you can take one off the table right now with Marcus Morris out for at least 10 days with a sore right knee.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said the knee was somewhat bothersome to Morris when he arrived a couple weeks for training camp.
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“With him getting here a little bit late, we feel he needs more of a preseason,” said Stevens, who added that Morris would likely be re-evaluated in the next 10 days to two weeks.
The team has conducted tests on the right knee and according to Stevens, the knee is in good shape.
“It’s a quick turnaround to get here last week and play in a regular season game,” Stevens said. “So, it’s going to be a little time before (he plays).”
Morris, who was a starter in the last two seasons with Detroit, has made no secret about wanting to be with the Celtics’ first unit to start the season.
While that still may be an option, it’s one that won’t come to fruition in the near future.
As much as having Morris available would benefit Boston against the Cavs, Stevens understands there has to be a balance struck between doing what’s best in the short-term versus long-term success.
“He’s actually structurally improved; he feels he’s gotten stronger, he feels better,” Stevens said. “We just felt like, even after watching him in practice yesterday and then talking to him, that he still looks like he’s not quite full-go. And so, better to be on the safe side.
Stevens added, “It’s a long year. He’s an important part of our team. And so, if he’s at 80 percent or 85 percent now, let’s get him to 100 instead of risking that getting lower or something he’s dealing with all year.”