BOSTON – Marcus Morris spoke to the media on Saturday night following the Boston Celtics loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Garden, ripping his teammates about their attitude and lack of toughness.
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“You saw a way tougher, more aggressive team (in the Clippers),” Morris said. “That’s the bottom line. Way tougher, way more aggressive. Emphasize the word team. … For me it’s not really about the loss, it’s about the attitudes we’re playing with. Guys are hanging their heads. It’s not fun. We’re not competing at a high level. Even though we’re winning, it’s still not fun. I don’t see the joy in the game. I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench, they’re jumping on the court, they’re enjoying their teammates success, they’re enjoying everything, and they’re playing together and they’re playing to win. And when I look at us I just see a bunch of individuals.”
“The goal has to be to win. Bottom line,” said Morris. “We have play to win. That’s sacrificing playing hard, that’s sacrificing being a better teammate, that’s sacrificing whatever it is. We have to put it to the side. No one’s getting traded. The trade deadline’s over. We’re competing for a championship. And that’s how we have to approach these games. Win, lose or draw, man. We’re going to lose games, but we don’t have no attitude, we don’t have no toughness, we ain’t having fun. It’s been a long season.”
“This s**t has to change, man,” added Morris. “We have to genuinely want to win, that has to be the first goal, whatever that change is, I’m with it. They want to take me out of the starting lineup, get some juice in there, I’m with it, man. But I’m trying to win. That’s the main goal. Trade deadline is over, this is the team we rocking with, this is what we going with. End of the day, man, it’s unacceptable what we did tonight. It’s very unacceptable for a team of our caliber.”
“I mean, it hasn’t been fun for a long time, man,” said Morris. “Just hasn’t been fun for a long time, man. It’s not a matter of winning or not, the attitude it’s — it is what it is.”