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The Boston crowd, as it often does at the sight of a confrontation, started to cheer louder than it had cheered all evening. Middleton has out-scored Morris 16.9 points per game to 13.0 in those meetings, though, and shot 54.5% from the floor, compared to 46% for Morris. While Middleton (15.1 points per game, 39.1% 3-point shooting through six seasons) has enjoyed a more successful career, Morris (11.2 career scoring average, 35.7% 3-point shooter) continues to get the best of his old college adversary in the National Basketball Association.

"I just do what the team needs me to do", Morris said.

He'll try to translate his individual success into a win for his team in Game 3 on Friday.

"I'm trying to make tough plays", Morris said, "and be that spark."
"We needed a bucket, I got to my spot and made my shot".

"I expect it to be a hostile environment", Morris predicted of Game 3, at Milwaukee, "especially with me". I thought the Bucks with that roster is a better team than the Celtics without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward but the Celtics in the last two games minus Kyrie is still playing really good.

Morris' flexibility in defending guards from the perimeter and bigs down in the paint has created fits for Bucks head coach Joe Pruty, who is struggling to find consistent offense from guys not named Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. KU and Morris went 2-0 versus A&M in 2010, when Morris was a sophomore and Middleton was a freshman. "I'm ready for it".

"I've been competing with Khris since college when we used to kick they ass in Kansas", Morris said. When It was announced that Kyrie Irving would miss the postseason due to a fracture in his left knee and which he had to have surgery on to fix, I thought that their was no way even with the second seed going into the playoffs that the Celtics without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving were going to get passed the first round. "He's a good player". I know he is. Although Hayward is now able to jog unassisted, the Celtics are going to need to see a whole lot more than that before deeming the forward safe to get back into action.



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