Marcus Morris on altercation with Ben Simmons: ‘He just took a cheap shot. But, s—, it’s alright. I take a lot of cheap shots, too’

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In the Celtics’ win over the 76ers in London yesterday, Ben Simmons lowered his shoulder into Marcus Morris on a screen and dropped the Boston forward to the floor. Morris got up and pushed Simmons. They were quickly separated.

NBC Sports Boston:

Morris:

He just took a cheap shot. But, sā€”, it’s alright. I take a lot of cheap shots, too. It was good to see that Philly’s got some OK guys, some tougher guys. I promise you that won’t happen again. But it was a good shot. It what it is. Hopefully, I don’t have to get fined for that. That’s what I’m really worried about.

Though he plays for the Celtics, Morris is a proud Philadelphian. He’s also remarkably candid. This answer was so him, though I don’t know what he was promising ā€“ he won’t overreact to future fouls or Simmons won’t cross him again?

Simmons received a personal foul and Morris a technical foul ā€“ an old-school call. I’m surprised Morris didn’t receive a stiffer penalty. I don’t know if that makes it more or less likely the NBA will grant Morris’ wish and not fine him.