Marcus Morris Sr. shines off the bench in Sixers’ loss to Blazers

Marcus Morris Sr. shines off the bench in Sixers’ loss to Blazers

A recap of the performance of Marcus Morris Sr who scored 18 points in 24 minutes as a reserve, in the Sixers’ 130-104 defeat to the Trail Blazers on Monday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers (29-16) suffered their third straight loss on their road trip, falling to the Portland Trail Blazers (14-33) by a score of 130-104 on Monday night. The Sixers were without Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, De’Anthony Melton, Mo Bamba, and Robert Covington due to injuries and health protocols, leaving them with a depleted roster. One of the few bright spots for the visitors was Marcus Morris Sr., who came off the bench and scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Morris, who was moved to the second unit in favor of Kelly Oubre Jr., did not let the demotion affect his game. He provided a spark for the Sixers, who trailed by as many as 32 points in the second half. He was aggressive on offense, taking advantage of the Blazers’ weak defense and finding his spots on the floor. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in 24 minutes of action.

Morris, who is in his second season with the Sixers, has been a valuable contributor for the team, averaging 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He is also shooting a career-high 41.2% from three-point range, making him a reliable floor-spacer. The 32-year-old veteran has been linked with trade rumors, as the Sixers are reportedly looking to upgrade their roster before the Feb. 8 deadline. Morris, who is from Philadelphia, said he is prepared for any scenario.

“Honestly, to be real with you, I’m just playing basketball,” Morris said before the game. “I love being here, I love playing for my hometown team, but at the end of the day, it’s a business. I’m prepared for it, whatever happens, happens. I’m just going to go out there and play hard every night.”

Morris will try to help the Sixers snap their losing streak when they face the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. The Blazers, meanwhile, will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, in a game that will mark the return of Damian Lillard to Portland.

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