With Kevin Love out of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Tyronn Lue faced the option of starting either Kyle Korver or Jeff Green in his place - one option that helps their spacing, and another that helps make their defense more switchable.
Well, we have our answer - Lue’s going for switchability.
Jeff Green will start for Kevin Love in Game 7— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) May 27, 2018
What does this mean? Well, it should mean that the Cavaliers are better equipped to switch at all five positions defensively, something they’ve done a much better job at doing. It also allows them to rotate more quickly when they show Al Horford a hard double, something he’s struggled to deal with in spots as a passer.
It also means that their spacing is going to be a disaster if George Hill, J.R. Smith, and probably LeBron James aren’t hitting their shots. The problem? Nobody on the Cavaliers has shot well from three in Boston in this series.
The Cavs have shot 22/72 (30%) on open to wide open threes in Boston— Justin Rowan (@Cavsanada) May 25, 2018
The Cavs have shot 22/51 (43%) on those shots at home. pic.twitter.com/4tSW9whcms
Guys will have to make the most of their opportunities, and that includes Jeff Green as a shooter and a cutter offensively. We’ll see if the gambit pays off for Lue, but we should expect to see plenty of Kyle Korver off the bench anyway.