INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Head coach Tyronn Lue announced that Kevin Love, George Hill and Kyle Korver will all be held out of Saturday’s preseason game against the Boston Celtics.
There are no concerns and the entire trio is expected to play in the final two exhibitions.
There’s one roster spot up for grabs and Lue wants to get a closer look at some of his younger guys. Saturday provides a great opportunity for that.
“Kind of see what we have,” Lue said following Friday’s practice. “We want to give guys a chance to play and kind of see what they do when the lights are on instead of just practice. Talking to (general manager) Koby (Altman), that’s the right thing to do. We will see how it goes tomorrow.”
Hill resting gives Sexton a chance to start at point guard. Guards Isaiah Taylor and Kobi Simmons, two guys battling for the 15th spot, will get to run the second team.
Lue also said Tristan Thompson may not play either — although that decision has not yet been finalized.
Thompson was one of the last players to leave the practice court Friday afternoon, getting free throws up at one of the side baskets. He had been dealing with some minor knee soreness early in camp, but Thompson was able to play 18 minutes in the preseason opener on Tuesday and him sitting would pave the way for burly big man Ante Zizic to get some extended playing time.
Zizic didn’t enter Tuesday’s game until the closing seconds of the third quarter, playing the rest of the way with non-regulars (except Collin Sexton).
The Celtics are expected to hold out Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.