LOS ANGELES – Mook is back, and not any time soon.
The Clippers – 4-14 at the Staples Center against the Detroit Pistons entering Friday’s day-after-Thanksgiving matinee 10-8 have been short-handed all season. By Spottrack’s count, his players have missed a combined 80 games, the third-most in the NBA behind the Orlando Magic (93) and the Lakers (83).
They have been without their star Kawhi Leonard (ACL) for this period, but they have also played without several other key players, including Marcus Morris Sr., who appeared in two games and then went on to his left in the next 15. Missed to correct the knee. ,
“Just basically training, training my knee,” Morris explained Tuesday after logging 31 minutes and his return to action had 10 points and five rebounds.
“It wasn’t anything serious, that’s what I was dealing with so they just gave me some time to train it and prepare it for the whole season and I think I used the time really well And I feel great.”
Morris’s return serves as a timely reinforcement for a Clippers team, their go-to glue boy Nicholas Batum for at least 10 days and the next three games in accordance with the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. expected to live without.
“It will probably be a lot better when Nico is back,” coach Tyrone Lew said on Tuesday before losing overtime to the Dallas Mavericks, when Morris logged 31 minutes and had 10 points and five rebounds in his return to action.
“For now, it’s going to be the same role play as Nico, with a one-minute ban and not being able to play her crazy minutes.”
God bless! I am happy to be back to do what I love.
— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) November 22, 2021
After Tuesday’s game, his coach and teammates said he looked good and more importantly, Morris said he felt the same way.
“Good,” said the 32-year-old, who took 4 for 12 and took 2 for 7 from 3-point range against Mavs. “Some shots didn’t come, but it’s a part of the game. I felt like I defended well – take a month off, I thought I was looking good myself. The shots will come, the rhythm will come, I am experienced. It was great to be out.”
Morris said he is eager to contribute to the Clippers—particularly Paul George, who averages 26.4 points per game, is fourth in the NBA, and has a career in field goal percentage (46.7%) and assists (5.3). – are high too – have to have was running early, despite all the people who missed the time.
“The team is so resilient, man,” Morris said. “With people out and about traveling a lot, a lot of sports back to back… it’s been brutal, the schedule has been brutal. But this is the NBA and I think the guys have done a great job. MVP is playing PG at level and Reggie (Jackson) is playing his (butt) and the people around him are coming and doing what they should, putting their best foot forward.
“Just bring my voice, bring my toughness,” he said, referring to the Clippers’ defensive success so far, their 102.5 defensive rating being the second-best in the league as they are only allowing 102.9 points per game, the fourth-highest. Low .
“The team is really paying attention to detail and rotation and the coach is putting them in great places and a lot of people who have been together so it is easy to communicate with people and people know where to be and we are We are doing what we have to do.”
And while on the offensive, where the Clippers haven’t been nearly as productive? (He averages 105.9 points per game, ranking 21st overall, with an offensive rating of 105.3, ranked 25th in the NBA. Also, a league-leading 41.1% after shooting from 3-point range. One season – led by Morris’ career-best 47.3% – he is now hitting a much-modest 35.3% of his shots from long distance.)
“It will come,” promised Morris, a $64 million deal in a four-year second season. “And when it goes, it’s going to flow. I’m coming back, I’ll definitely be able to get into it. Get the ball into my spot and drop down 3s.”
The 6-foot-8 forward from Philadelphia said he didn’t expect to miss any more time because of his knee, which didn’t seem to be helped by his frequent brief.
“That’s it,” said Morris. “I’m a pro. I’ll be able to do it. I’m glad the Clippers gave me some time to get myself together. And I’m ready to go.”
Just in the nick of time.
Detroit at Clippers (4-14) (10-8)
When: Friday, 12:30 pm
where: Staples Center
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
,@MookMorris2 for three !! I
— L.A. Clippers (@LAClippers) November 24, 2021