Morris to return ‘sooner rather than later' with ‘on-and-off schedule'


Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris appears closer to returning to action after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection over the weekend.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the plan remains for him to be back on the floor “sooner rather than later,” with an “on-and-off schedule.”

Stevens added, “So he probably won’t play every game or back-to-back games, but maybe a game, three days off, a game, and try it that way and progress him back to the every-other-day games.”

Morris has missed Boston’s last four games and a total of 16 games this season – more games missed this season than he had missed (11) in his previous five seasons in the league combined.

While it was Morris’ defense that made him an attractive addition via trade for Boston, it has been his offense that the Celtics really miss since he has been out.

This season, Morris is averaging 12.1 points per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from 3-point range.

Stevens has used multiple starters with a trio of his second-unit players, in order to have better scoring balance from that group when on the floor.

In the fourth quarter of Boston’s win at Memphis, Stevens had at least two starters on the floor for all but the final 28.4 seconds of play.

A healthy Morris would allow Stevens to go with more traditional rotations as far as who he substitutes into the game, and the timing in which those changes are made.

“As long as Marcus Morris isn’t playing,” Stevens said following Boston’s win at Memphis, “We need to be alert to that and guys are going to have to play different rotations.”


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