Morris gets the start in place of Baynes for Celtics vs. Cavs


BOSTON – Tip-off between Boston and Cleveland was still an hour-plus away when Celtics coach Brad Stevens made the first of what’s likely to be a number of adjustments, opting to start Marcus Morris in place of Aron Baynes.

Before the season started, Stevens said there would be lineup decisions made in part because of potential matchups between his starting unit and their opponent.


Tonight is one of those games.

“They’re super-skilled, obviously with [Kevin] Love at the 5 [center],” Stevens said. “Really tough cover. It sort of forces your hand.”

Morris, who has been battling left knee soreness most of this year, is coming off a 15-point game against Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve when he shot 5-for-7 from the field.

Tonight will be Morris appeared in three consecutive games since he played in four in a row in late November-early December.

As for starting, this is nothing new to Morris.

Tonight will be his eighth start of the season, with Boston posting an impressive 6-1 record when he starts with the current five-man unit that includes Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.

This season, Morris has averaged 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while playing just 23.1 minutes per game.



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