Marcus Morris takes shot at Nuggets after blown 3-1 lead
The LA Clippers still aren’t over their loss to the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 Western Conference semifinals. After building a commanding 3-1 lead, LA dropped three games in a row and were eliminated from contention. The loss stung the organization enough to make significant changes at the top starting with head coach Doc Rivers, but Marcus Morris says he still believes the Clippers were the better team.
In speaking with members of the media for the first time on Thursday afternoon, Marcus Morris addressed a number of topics, including an admission that the Clippers simply didn’t do enough of the little things to win.
“I didn’t think that we put enough time into breaking down exactly what we needed to fix and more of just relying on talent and relying on paper and the guys we had,” Morris said after his workout Thursday. “I think I said that during the time we was down there that sometimes, I think we just relied on how good we are and not actually breaking it down and really finding out what we need to do better. Especially during that time, being up a certain amount and being playoff time, being up 3-1, and losing three, I feel like we didn’t get detailed in our adjustments.”
On top of the 3-1 lead, the Clippers had double-digit leads in Games 5, 6, and 7, but failed to close out all of them as Denver repeatedly stormed back over and over again to win games and advance to the Conference Finals.
On paper, the Clippers had the better team in terms of talent and depth. On the court, the Nuggets were clearly the better team. Denver had the better collective unit playing together in a system with one collective goal. Morris believes the Clippers had the better team, but failed to make a few adjustments to prove it.
“I think Ty definitely hit it on the nose,” Marcus Morris added. It’s a good start, it’s a clean slate for us. Obviously, last year didn’t go as well as it could, but we’re on to the next year and I think guys are very motivated to come back. It hurt being up 3-1. It’s not about losing, it’s about how we lost. I think that’s the biggest motivation for this team. At the end of the day, that team wasn’t better than us, we all knew that. To be up and to lose that put an extra sting in our mentalities so now we got something to go out and prove. I think for the team, I think that’s gonna be big for us.”
“I think guys are very motivated to come back. It hurt being up 3-1. It’s not about losing, it’s about how we lost. At the end of the day, that team wasn’t better than us, we all knew that.”
Marcus Morris on blowing the 3-1 lead to the Nuggets. pic.twitter.com/n274gPg3F5
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After coming over at the trade deadline, Morris struggled here and there to find his shot with the Clippers. He averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists during the regular season on 42.5 percent shooting from the field and 31 percent from beyond the arc.
He really found his way during the playoffs, when he averaged 11.8 points on 50.5 percent shooting from the field and a blistering 47.5 percent from beyond the arc.