Brad Stevens has been several steps ahead of Ty Lue for the entirety of the Eastern Conference Finals. The coaching mismatch was never more obvious than Wednesday, when Lue said he didn’t play his best shooter because the Celtics’ eighth-man wasn’t part of the rotation.
Kyle Korver curiously only played 19 minutes in the Celtics’ 96-83 Game 5 win over the Cavs, even though he scored 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting in Cleveland’s decisive Game 4 victory. Even more amazingly, Korver didn’t check into the contest until the start of the second quarter, when the Cavaliers were already trailing by 13. He was also pinned to the bench during the third period.
Korver finished the night with seven points on 2-for-6 shooting.
When asked about Korver’s abbreviated playing time, Lue said the Celtics messed up his plan, because guard Semi Ojeleye wasn’t on the court.
“Well, initially, (Stevens has) been putting Ojeleye in,” Lue said, per ESPN. “So that’s been kind of Kyle’s matchup when he comes in the game. He didn’t play him tonight, so it kind of threw us for a loop.”
While that explanation makes no sense on its own, it looks even worse once you dig deeper into Korver’s matchups this series. Entering Wednesday, Korver had played 90 minutes through four games. Only 31 of those minutes came when Ojeleye was on the court.
The Cavaliers desperately needed offense Wednesday. Yet, the player who’s made the fourth-most three-pointers in league history spent way more time on the bench than the floor. And it’s all because one of the Celtics’ backup guards didn’t check into the game.
Not only is LeBron James tasked with carrying his teammates, but he has to carry his coach. No wonder he’s exhausted.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog