Morris scored 15 points and shot four-of-five from 3-point land while adding two rebounds. He gave the Boston bench a much-needed shot in the arm, but the best part was that his knee rehab seems to have worked nicely. His knee felt fine during his stint on the court. Here is what NBA's Taylor Snow had to say on Marcus' importance to the team:
Boston’s bench has had issues producing consistent offensive production this season, but when Morris is healthy he gives them a steady threat that can shoot from long range, post-up and score in isolation. He is averaging 17.6 points per 36 minutes this season, and the Celtics are 15-4 during the games that he has played.
“It’s a luxury having a talent like that – a high-level player that’s able to give us that lift off the bench,” said Kyrie Irving, who scored a game-high 28 points Sunday night. “He was a starter in Detroit for two years. I played him in the Playoffs as well and he’s a tough-nosed [guy], and that’s what we need. He gives us that energy offensively and defensively, and it’s just good to have him back in the lineup.”
Hopefully, Morris will take to the court on Wednesday when the Celtics face the Eastern rival Cleveland Cavaliers. His healthy knee is great news for a Celtics team that often suffers when the starters hit the bench.