Celtics news: Marcus Morris thought Sixers’ Ben Simmons took cheap shot at him
London got its annual dose of live NBA action Thursday night, as the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers met at the O2 Arena. The Celtics came out on top, 113-104, after recovering from a slow start.
The game had your everyday back-and-forth, until things late in the final quarter suddenly got a little heated than usual. With 4:05 remaining in the fourth, Marcus Morris of the Celtics set a routine screen on the 76ers’ Ben Simmons, when they clashed and left Morris on the ground. The Philly rookie got him good with a clean forearm shove – for Morris, though, it didn’t felt clean.
Now an eighth-year veteran playing for his fourth team, such an incident was rarely seen from the usually-cool Marcus Morris. He explained, however, that he simply misunderstood how hard he got charged on. Here’s what he told reporters in the post-game interviews, according to Jay King of Mass Live:
“A little frustration kicked in, I think, and he just took, ya know, a cheap shot,”
“But sh–, it’s all right. I take a lot of cheap shots too.”
Referees saw the play in a way they should have. They knew that the shove was a standard play from someone in Ben Simmons’ position, thus, they awarded Morris with a technical foul, as he delivered a push that was not warranted. The Celtic vet eventually cooled off, and being a Philadelphia native, he even offered compliments to the Sixers:
“It’s good to see that Philly has OK guys, some tougher guys, you know what I’m saying?”
“But I promise you that won’t happen again. But that was a good shot. It is what it is. Hopefully I won’t get fined for that. That’s what I’m really worried about.”
Even if Morris gets fined, he should be – for the most part – feeling good right now. He had one of his finest performances of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds to help the Celtics extend their winning streak to seven.
The two teams will meet again on January 18th, when the Sixers host the Celtics in Philly.