Marcus Morris on playing smallball power forward with Celtics offense: ‘It’s going to be too easy’

Brian Robb/Boston Sports Journal

Marcus Morris is playing it safe with his training camp workload as he gradually ramps up his conditioning for the Celtics regular season opener next week in Cleveland.

The 6-foot-9 forward sat out Friday's preseason game in Philadelphia and likely won't play against the Sixers on Monday night either. The former Piston took part in about half of Celtics practice on Sunday as he tries to work himself back into game shape.

“It’s obviously going to be an adjustment for him," Brad Stevens said after Sunday's practice. "Any time you’re going straight from not having done practice to practicing (every day). Hopefully he gets back sooner rather than later. But we’re going to be appropriate with it so that he feels great.”

A shortened preseason will make that more of a challenge for Morris, who said today he's shooting to drop seven pounds by the end of the preseason. Despite the delayed start, the 28-year-old fully expects to be in the starting lineup on opening night next to Al Horford and can't wait to capitalize on spending more time at power forward.