In the pregame media Zoom call, coach Ty Lue announced that Marcus Morris would make his long-awaited return against the Warriors tonight. Morris has missed the first eight games of the season with a nebulous “knee soreness” designation, but has been practicing for a couple weeks, and there was no stated minutes restriction on the veteran forward.
In addition to Morris’ return, Paul George will play after missing yesterday’s game against the Spurs with an ankle injury, and Kawhi Leonard will notably play on the second night of a back to back, the first time he’s done so since 2017. This means the Clippers will have a complete roster for the first time this season, a very nice portent for the new year of 2021.
It’s unknown yet if Morris will start or not, a legitimate question considering how well Nicolas Batum has played in Morris’ absence. Bench or starter, Marcus Morris’ return should allow the Clippers to have two legitimate forwards on the court at all time, which should really help their defense.
Morris will presumably need a bit of time to get back up to speed, so it is probably best to keep expectations at a reasonable amount. But still, if Marcus Morris can hit a couple shots, play at least competent defense, and not mess with the Clippers’ newfound ball movement, it will be a successful return.