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Marcus Morris says he’s the best LeBron James defender outside of Kawhi Leonard

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The Eastern Conference finals is the place to put it to the test.

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Statistically speaking, there is nothing to state that Marcus Morris is better fit to cover LeBron James than any other power forward. Kawhi Leonard has certainly been a formidable foe to the James, who is attempting to make the Finals for an eighth straight season. But in the sport of basketball, putting a thought into the universe — true or not — might just help to bring it to fruition.

“Personally, I think probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi.”

Although Morris only played against LeBron in two of the Cavs/Celtics meetings this season, he had the confidence to make the statement.

And apparently it worked as James was limited to 15 points in the Game 1 blowout at the TD Garden. The four-time MVP sat most of the fourth quarter out after a 7-point first half and an 8-point 3rd quarter. At the opposite end of the court, Morris finished his minutes with a double-double scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Whether Morris’ claim to lock down the King will hold water has yet to be determined. Game 2 takes place Tuesday night at 7:30 on ESPN.


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