Playoff Matchup: Marcus Morris vs. LeBron James
The Cleveland Cavaliers have three players – LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving – widely considered among the top 20 in the world. LeBron James has 148 more playoff games under his belt than the entire Pistons starting five combined. Here’s a look at the matchups of each team’s five starters, the benches and the head coaches.
MARCUS MORRIS vs. LeBRON JAMES
He might not be the reigning or likely MVP, but LeBron James still might win a vote of NBA coaches for world’s most feared player. The 12-time All-Star has elevated his game as the playoffs approached, averaging 28.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 7.8 assists while shooting .563 from the 3-point line in five April games. He averaged 20.7 points and shot just .308 from deep in three games against the Pistons this season, guarded mostly by Marcus Morris. Morris won’t back down from any defensive challenge and he’s elevated his offensive game since the All-Star break, scoring 14.8 points a game and shooting .444 from the 3-point line. Morris’ ability to hit from the 3-point line will be one of the keys for the Pistons in this series.