Marcus Morris was the last Celtic in the locker room on Saturday night. He took some extra time to blow off some steam with a postgame workout in the wake of an embarrassing 123-112 loss to the Clippers that saw the Celtics blow a 28-point lead against a revamped LA roster that had practiced just one day together. In a season full of tension, trade drama, team meetings and playing below expectations, a boiling point arrived as Morris answered questions after Boston's worst defeat of the year. The postgame workout did nothing to lower the veteran's frustration level and he let loose on a Celtics team that has not been able to get on the same page for much of the season.
“For me, it’s not really about the loss. It’s about the attitudes that we’re playing with," Morris said. "Guys are hanging their heads. It’s just not fun. It’s not fun. We’re not competing at a high level. Even though we’re winning, it’s 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 doing all of this other stuff that looks like 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.”
Those types of individual performances were everywhere in the second half from the Celtics on Saturday night as the visiting Clippers outscored Boston 70-38 in the worst half of basketball the hosts have played all season. With Kyrie Irving (sprained knee in the second quarter) watching from the sidelines, it's as if the entire roster tried to put the team on its back at various points and the results were ugly.
“You've seen a way tougher, more aggressive team. That’s just the bottom line," Morris said about the Clippers. "They were just way tougher, way more aggressive -- emphasize the word ‘team’.”
The pointed comments come after Boston seemingly turning the corner on their early-season struggles with 10 wins in 11 games through most of January and early February. However, old habits crept back to the surface in back-to-back home losses to the Clippers and Lakers and that had Morris questioning this team's motives once more with some scathing criticism.