Celtics

Celtics

Another game, another injury for the Boston Celtics. 

Marcus Morris, who did not play in Boston’s win at Sacramento on Sunday due to a right ankle sprain, re-aggravated the injury on Monday which kept him out for the fourth quarter of Boston’s 102-94 win over Phoenix.

The injury occurred with 0.5 seconds to play in the third quarter when Morris, attempting a last-second 3-pointer, landed on the foot of Marquese Chriss who was on the move trying to get out the way. 

Morris went to the line and, visibly in pain, made all three of his free throws and finished with 20 points. 

He would leave the game as the final horn to end the third quarter sounded. Moments later, he was limping back to the locker room. 

“It’s just sore,” Morris told reporters after the win. “X-rays came back negative so everything’s good.”

It is too soon to tell just how significant the right ankle sprain is, or whether the injury will potentially sideline him for a longer period of time. 

“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow when I wake up,” Morris said. “I’m hoping that it feels a little bit better.”

So do the Celtics who have rode Morris’ hot hand of late. 

Morris’ 20 points on Monday was his third straight game with at least 20 points scored, a first for him. 

He was surprised to learn of this after Monday’s game. 

“Is it? I’m blessed then,” Morris said. “I can get past it. It (X-rays) came back negative; might be out a couple days but nothing long term. I’m good.” 

 

Boston is already playing with a short-handed roster. 

In addition to Gordon Hayward (dislocated left ankle) and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus) being out for the season, Boston will be without Kyrie Irving (left knee) and Marcus Smart (right thumb) for the remainder of the regular season as well as part of the playoffs.

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