With Boston Celtics reserve forward Grant Williams suspended for his contact with an official during Boston's loss to the Chicago Bulls earlier in the week, the Celtics faced off against the Cleveland Cavaliers' formidable frontcourt of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley with a significant size disadvantage.
The team is still trying to weather the storm and hold down the fort without starting center Robert Williams III and veteran forward Danilo Gallinari, and without Grant to pitch in as a result of the league's decision to discipline him, the team was even more paper thin than they have been of late at the 4 and 5.
The Celtics had no choice but to lean on significant minutes from end-of-bench rotational bigs like Blake Griffin, Noah Vonleh, and Luke Kornet, all of whom have their own pros and cons, skills, and deficiencies.
During the game, the Celtics started to build up some momentum after turning to a double-big pairing of Griffin and Kornet. But, double bigs ended up coming back to bite them with the personnel they were forced to use, and whatever lead Boston had slipped through their fingers.
Can Boston figure out a way to right the ship and get their defense back on track? Can Luke Kornet be a contributor, or are the Celtics wise to be looking at potential trade exception targets? Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what the hosts of the CLNS Media "Garden Report" podcast had to say about this important issue.
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