2018 NBA Playoffs

Brad Stevens’ rotation decisions in Game 5 got the best of Ty Lue

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One of the most fascinating subplots of the Celtics' 96-83 victory in Game 5 over the Cavs was the bizarre usage of Kyle Korver by Cavs head coach Ty Lue. The 37-year-old sharpshooter did not play in the first quarter at all and saw the floor for a series-low 19 minutes in spite of being Cleveland's third-best scorer this postseason.

So what exactly kept Lue from waiting until his team was down by 19 points in the second quarter to insert his top 3-point shooter in the game? The decision was strictly matchup based, according to the head coach.

"Well, initially, (Brad Stevens had) been putting [Semi] Ojeleye in, so that's been kind of Kyle's matchup when he comes in the game," Lue explained. "He didn't play him tonight, so it kind of threw us for a loop."

The explanation is a bit of an indictment against Lue's in-game management. While Ojeleye is an ideal matchup for Korver due to the fact that he's not a serious threat on the offensive end of the floor, Korver's scoring abilities have thoroughly outweighed his defensive flaws in this series.