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Marcus Morris, the guy who touted himself as “probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi,” in regards to LeBron James and mentioning San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, said he failed his test Saturday night.
Although James scored (for him) a rather pedestrian 27 points and added 12 assists, he did so on only 12 shots, shooting a blistering 67 percent (8 of 12).
Morris put most of the responsibility for James’ high-percentage shooting performance on himself.
“I did a (crap) job defensively on LeBron,” Morris told reporters Sunday. “He was too comfortable when I was guarding him.
“I watched the first two games and how we defended them and how I defended [James] personally and, like I said, [Game 3] I just thought I did a terrible job. I made myself very vulnerable and got screened a lot, and he made his space. He’s a great player and that’s what he does, so we have to fix that.”
James’ performance was the impetus behind Cleveland’s 116-86 lambasting of Boston in Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena.
In Games 1 and 2 in Boston, James shot a combined 21 of 45.
Morris’ teammate, Jaylen Brown, said Morris is being too hard on himself for what James did during Game 3.
“(It’s) hard to guard LeBron James when you can’t touch him,” he said.