Tom Thibodeau hopes to eventually play Elfrid Payton and Immanuel Quickley together for stretches, adding, "I love both guys. They’re different and bring different things to the team."
"It gives us great flexibility and we can mix and match," Thibodeau said. "We really haven’t done a lot of that yet because of the things we’ve gone through with our injuries. Hopefully, we can get to that." He highlighted Payton's defensive abilities as a key to starting him, saying, "A lot of these guards, particularly point guards in the NBA today, they’re a load to deal with. Elfrid has a good understanding of how to defend them." There has been plenty of speculation about Quickley displacing Payton as the starting point guard, and while that's still likely at some point, it may not be as imminent as previously surmised. 12:31 pm (EST)
- Elfrid Payton played just 20 minutes vs. the Cavaliers on Friday with nine points (4-of-7 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), three rebounds, zero assists and three turnovers.
- Elfrid Payton shot just 4-of-16 from the field on Friday, but he went 7-of-8 from the line to score 16 points with six rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes.
- Elfrid Payton hit 10-of-15 shots for 22 points, two rebounds, eight assists, a steal and just one turnover in Wednesday's impressive win over the Jazz. All Elfrid Payton News
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