Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, Tyronn Lue, revealed that Kyle Korver will come off of the bench.
Lue made the revelation on Friday after the Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks agreed to a deal that would possibly send Mike Dunleavy Jr. and a first round draft pick to Atlanta. Specific terms of the deal are still being worked out but Korver confirmed that he would be playing for the Cavaliers and Dunleavy Jr. was not with the Cavaliers before a Friday game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Cavaliers are dealing with an injury to their starting shooting guard, J.R. Smith. Young defensive player, DeAndre Liggins, has been starting in place of Smith and Lue intends for the starting lineup to maintain Liggins despite the presence of the All Star, Korver.
“We’ll just keep starting him and if it happens, bring (Korver) off the bench and see what happens,” said Lue. “I like Liggs guarding those point guards, picking up full court. His defensive presence on the floor. And then bring in a shooter off the bench, early or late, depending on however the flow is the game is going. It will be good for us.”
The sharpshooting Korver will be brought in to boost the outside shooting of the Cavaliers as they look to repeat as NBA Champions over the favorite Golden State Warriors and their remarkable shooting lineup. He has shot 43 percent from 3 point range in his career and is at approximately 41 percent for the season.