Brad Stevens is sticking with Amir Johnson for Game 5 against the Wizards.
Appearing on sister station 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday, Stevens said that he’ll maintain the same starting five he used in Sunday’s Game 4, which the Wizards won on the strength of a 26-0 run in the third quarter to tie the series at 2-2.
That means leaving the much-maligned Johnson in the lineup, alongside guards Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, forward Jae Crowder, and big man Al Horford.
Johnson is averaging 3 points and 1.7 rebounds a game during the postseason. He has been overwhelmed by bigger, quicker players against both the Bulls and Wizards.
Starting doesn’t guarantee him big minutes, however. He has averaged just 9.7 minutes a game in the postseason, and Stevens will pull the plug quickly if he’s not playing well.
Is Stevens making the right call? On Tuesday, I made the case for Jaylen Brown to start over Johnson in an attempt to bring more athleticism to the floor.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog