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How Doc Rivers plans to use Marcus Morris with Clippers

Marcus Morris, Doc Rivers, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers were one of the biggest winners of the NBA Trade Deadline, acquiring in-demand forward Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks last Thursday.

Prior to tip-off of the Clippers’ road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Saturday, Clips head coach Doc Rivers discussed how he plans to utilize the 6-foot-8 stretch four.

In a series of tweets from Clippers reporter Jovan Buha, Rivers bared that he will maximize Morris’ floor-stretching abilities by putting him in the center position in some stretches.

Perhaps taking a cue from the Rockets’ playbook,  the 58-year-old bench boss said he will try their own version of small ball, with Morris and JaMychal Green up front for the Clippers.

The Clippers paid quite the price for Morris’ services, giving up Moe Harkless and a 2020 first-round pick to New York. They also sent Jerome Robinson to the Washington Wizards to complete the deal.

Despite losing a capable defender in Harkless, Rivers implied that it will not affect the Clippers’ ability to stay in front of some of the best guards in the league.

Marcus Morris, safely in the fold for the Clippers, has been on the wish list of contenders this season after tallying a career-high of 19.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 43.9 percent from downtown in 43 games for the Knicks.

Those numbers will certainly take a dip, as he will likely be a 4th or even 5th option on offense for the Clippers.

“I don’t think he’ll be the go-to guy, but we will go to him, you know? Listen, the go-to guys find the other guys and that to me is probably what will happen. But I haven’t given it that much thought,” Rivers said of Morris.

Morris did not suit up on Saturday during the Clippers shocking 115-142 defeat to the Timberwolves. He is expected to make his LA debut on Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.