1. Marcus Morris played his best half as a Celtic: The veteran forward may not be a part of the long-term future for the Celtics, but this was a night that showed how important his value can be in the present. The 28-year-old scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half of a 16-point second half comeback, including the go-ahead 3-pointer off a Brad Stevens ATO with 27 seconds remaining.
Morris was red-hot in the second half from deep (4-of-5 from 3-point range), just like the rest of his teammates but it was his work on both ends of the floor that stood out. He finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds (all defensive), his second game posting a 20-10 line as a Celtic. He’s now got the best defensive rebounding rate on the team (27 percent), a 10-point jump from his mark last season. With the C’s going small more, the C’s need to rely on their long wings to clean up the glass. He and Tatum did just that in the second half on Thursday night, highlighted by hustle plays like this.
The Thunder scored 14 second-chance points in the first half but managed just three after the break. The presence of Morris on the glass was a big reason why.
2. The Celtics offense snapped out of their offensive funk in the third quarter, but they still won this game with defense: After a brutal first half featuring 34 points on 0-of-11 shooting from 3-point range, the C’s looked