Marcus Morris played a pivotal role in Boston’s Game 5 victory against the Cavaliers, in part because he shot a much more effective 3-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. For that, an 11 year old deserves at least some small amount of credit.
As reported by the Boston Globe’s Nora Princiotti, 11-year-old Scituate (Mass.) native Jimmy Tolton was used as one of the primary rebounders and passers during Morris’ warm ups before the pivotal game at TD Garden. Per Princiotti, Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen noticed Tolton in the stands sporting a Jaylen Brown jersey and, “randomly called him over to rebound.”
In fact, Tolton got to do more than just grab a couple boards. He put in some work against the 6-foot-9 Celtics enforcer:
Jimmy grabbed Morris’s makes and misses, and passed the ball to Allen, who then fed it back to Morris. They also exchanged a couple bounce passes and, for a moment, Jimmy got to post up the 6-foot-9-inch Morris as he got ready to do the same against LeBron James.
“This kid is Kramer,” Kelly Tolton, the young point guard’s father, told the Globe. “You know how Kramer (the Seinfeld character) always falls into lucky things?”
Seinfeld was lucky and got to be a U.S. Open ball boy. Tolton’s cameo may have been even luckier. After all, Kramer was always too focused on the ball to enjoy the action. After warming up Morris, Tolton got to head to the stands with his family and cheer for his favorite team.