Monday’s Game 4 between the Cavaliers and Raptors could see Cleveland make some adjustments at the end of its rotation.
At Sunday’s practice, head coach Tyronn Lue said the team is considering adjusting its rotation to drop Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson and replace them with rookie Cedi Osman and veteran point guard Jose Calderon.
“There’s been some talks. You don’t want to take guys confidence throughout the playoffs because you’re going to need everyone,” Lue said. “We’ll just see how it goes.”
Hood hasn’t scored against the Raptors and hasn’t looked the same since dealing with a back injury late in the regular season. Clarkson, meanwhile, has had difficulty with Toronto’s guards after struggling in the Cavs’ seven-game series against the Pacers.
Against Indiana, Lue trusted Calderon because he offered ball handling and said specifically that he wanted Clarkson on the floor with another ball handler. He would likely fill the same role against the Raptors.
As for Osman, he would likely be brought into provide defense and physicality Lue said he’d like to see Hood provide when the Cavs switch and he ends up guarding a bigger player. Osman has played just 13 minutes so far in the playoffs in four games.