It's another playoff series against LeBron James, and it's another player saying they are confident in their skills guarding him. This time it's Marcus Morris, who not only said he thinks he can guard James, but he is the second best at guarding him behind Kawhil Leonard.
Marcus Morris not shying away from matchup with LeBron: “Personally, I think probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 12, 2018
According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN, Morris is one of the better defenders of LeBron, but his stats still aren't that great.
How Celtics players fared defending LeBron James during the regular season, via Second Spectrum data: pic.twitter.com/qcSOZZNEOr
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) May 12, 2018
Morris had 55 matchups this season against James, giving up 43.6 points per 100 possessions to him. The Cavs were averaging 116.4 points per 100 possessions that Morris is on James.
Jaylen Brown was actually the best from the Celtics giving up 33.9 points per 100 possession to James on 56 matchups.
For Morris, he just better hope that he can have some success guarding James, then others that have called him out in the past.
Just last series, rookie OG Anunoby said he felt pretty confident in guarding James, and everyone knows exactly how that turned out.
In 2014 Paul Pierce said he couldn't wait to guard James because he knew his tendencies. For Pierce, evidently, he didn't know the tendencies well enough because James dropped 49 points on him.
Early in the Pacers series, people were calling Bojan Bogdanović, the LeBron stopper, and although he did decent at the beginning of the series, no one should have opened their mouths because it was James who took that series in seven games.
For the Celtics in this series, it's not just going to be Morris that is going to need to be good to stop James, it's going to take a total team effort, but for Brad Stevens, at least he has one guy who thinks he can get the job done.