Marcus Morris Interview Heading Into Celtics vs Cavs Game 4
May 20, 2018
The Celtics lead the Cavs 2-1 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series. Boston won the first two games in convincing fashion, but yesterday in Cleveland the Cavs took Game 3. Here are Celtics forward Marcus Morris interview quotes from today, the day in between games 3 and 4:
Q. You guys watched a ton of film today. What did
MARCUS MORRIS: We definitely watched a ton of
film. Personally, I think I did a [poor] job defensively
with LeBron. He was too comfortable when I was
guarding him. I made myself very vulnerable on
screens and wasn't disciplined. We can't have that in a
game of this magnitude, and it showed. They did a
great job of exposing that. Personally, I think I have to
Q. How confident are you that you guys will
MORRIS: Very confident. That team we saw
yesterday, I'm 100 percent sure it won't be the same
team on Monday. After watching film, we did a lot of
things that caused us to be in the position that we're in.
I said before, control the controllables, and we didn't do
Q. Along those lines, Brad Stevens was talking
about how prideful this group is. Is that about as
tough a way to take a wake-up call as there is?
MORRIS: Like I said, I wouldn't call it a
wake-up call. I think there are just things that we got
away from, a lot of things that are very correctable.
Like I said, myself personally, I thought I did a [poor]
job defending LeBron on pick-and-rolls and things like
Q. How is guarding LeBron here any different from
guarding him in Boston? Is there a difference?
MORRIS: They're obviously at home, so
they're a lot more comfortable. I watched the first two
games and how we defended them and how I
defended him personally, and like I said, yesterday I
just thought I did a terrible job. I made myself very
vulnerable and got screened a lot, and he made his
space. He's a great player and that's what he does, so
we have to fix that.
Q. Did you guys allow your defense to affect your
MORRIS: I don't think we did as a whole, but
I think that just comes with the game. When you don't
defend, I think offense becomes harder. Once we get
stops on the other end, we get out on the break, we get
the ball moving, we get easier shots and the ball moves more. I think that's just how it goes. We have
to start defending with a great mindset of doing what
Coach put us in those positions to do, and I think we'll
succeed by doing that.
Q. You mentioned some of your frustrations from
yesterday. Is it really good to get out here and try
to shake some of that off immediately?
MORRIS: For sure, you have to. Play
Monday, it's a quick turnaround. It's the Eastern
Conference Finals. If we dwell on what happened
yesterday, we won't be able to move forward. The best
thing we did -- we came here, watched a ton of film,
came out here and shot, got a little bit more familiar
with the gym. Just got more confidence, and just ready
to compete tomorrow.