Marcus Morris on Joel Embiid: 'I Wouldn't Say a Damn Word If I Was Down 3-1'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 7: Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics gestures to Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Celtics 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris didn't think Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was in much of a position to brag during Philadelphia's 103-92 win Monday.

More than once, Morris gestured with his hands to say the Celtics were up 3-0 in the series, which has become a 3-1 lead with the Sixers' victory:

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"Because it's reality," Morris said of making the gesture, per ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg. "It's hard because I know I wouldn't say a damn word if I was down 3-1. But, hey, we're all different. So it is what it is."

Morris also spoke broadly about Philadelphia's series deficit.

"S--t, I'm ready to go now," he said. "They had a lot to say in here. They did what they're supposed to do. They got one. S--t, we did what we're supposed to do, we got one [on the road]. So we'll go back 3-1, and hopefully we put it away."

Morris has a point. The Sixers still have a mountain to climb to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, so Embiid might be getting ahead of himself with his trash talk.

At the same time, Embiid can't afford to deviate from his usual, gregarious self, lest it have an effect on the rest of the team. Even though he's just 24, the 2018 All-Star is one of the team leaders, so he helps set the tone.

If Embiid is frustrated or sulking on the court, then it's likely going to have an impact on the rest of the Sixers. But his confidence is bound to rub off on his teammates, despite Philadelphia's long odds in the second round.

The Sixers will look to keep their season alive Wednesday when they hit the road for Game 5.


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