“You can’t just put a rebounder that can’t shoot out on the court because it might provide a little bit of help on the rebounding end, but it takes away from what our strength is on the offensive end,” Ainge said. “We know what our weaknesses are. We’d like rim protection and rebounding. But at the same time we do like skilled bigs to play around our guards.”
May 27, 2018 | 11:42 am EDT Update
Jeff Green will start Game 7 for the injured Kevin Love, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said this morning. Lue said Green’s versatility on defense, which will allow the Cavs to switch on any Boston pick, was a primary reason to go with him.
Green essentially filled in for Love after he suffered a concussion in Game 6 and finished with 14 points. “I think he attacked the small guys, the switches, and took his time, did a good job attacking, rebounded the ball well,” Lue said. “I just think defensively being able to switch and guard multiple positions, that’s huge for us. He was able to switch a lot more, we were able to do a lot of different stuff defensively.”
What “Swaggy P” is not known for is his defense. That showed in Game 4 when he went minus-14 in 13 minutes of the Warriors’ 95-92 loss. Young then only played one minute in the 98-94 Game 5 loss. But in Game 6, Young went plus-9 in 16 minutes as the Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit to win 115-86. Young credited a conversation he had with renowned defender Dennis Rodman for helping the improvement on the defensive end. Of course, that conversation didn’t actually happen in person, but rather in Swaggy P’s dreams.
“Dennis Rodman came in my dream last night, and I was wondering why he came in my dream. He had the purple hair, all kinds of stuff,” Young told reporters postgame. “He told me, ‘Tomorrow you’re going to play a little defense,’ and I was like, ‘Nah that’s not my game, Dennis Rodman, why you in my dream?’ “But it just so happened I played a little defense.”
May 27, 2018 | 6:31 am EDT Update
Rockets star Chris Paul is receiving treatment “around the clock” on his injured right hamstring and coach Mike D’Antoni hopes it will only be a matter of days before he is healthy enough to play again. The timeline remained unclear whether Paul might be fine to play a possible Game 7 if the Rockets lost Saturday night’s Game 6 and had to return to Houston to face the Golden State Warriors again Monday night. Eric Gordon started in Paul’s place Saturday at Oracle Arena. “I think he’ll play as soon as he can,” D’Antoni said before the game Saturday. “It’s just not a question of trying to outsmart. He’s going to play. As soon as he’s able to walk and run, he’ll do it. There was no shot at it today.”
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Ben Golliver: Klay Thompson: “I was not always like this. I used to be so hard on myself earlier in my career. I remember losing one game to the Nuggets and leaving the arena in my uniform. I’ve learned that if I play with passion and play as hard as I can, you can live with the result.”