By Tom Brennan
Ever since the Sixers beat the Hawks like a stick in game 3 Friday night, all the media talk has been about who will replace Danny Green, who suffered a calf strain early in the Sixers win.
The fact is that numerically coach Doc Rivers has to decide who starts in Green’s place.
But it almost doesn’t matter because the Sixers are so deep that Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz filled in Friday and the Sixers didn’t miss a beat.
Rivers said yesterday that “some of the unintended good consequences of having injuries during the regular season” are having options for Game 4.
Green will miss at least two weeks.
Another 3-point shooter on the floor could help create room near the basket for center Joel Embiid and others.
“It is a decision we’re going to have to make on what’s more important, the extra defender or the extra floor spacer,” Rivers said, adding Green was “so good, in a lot of cases you got some of both.”
Thybulle said more than one player must fill the leadership void left by Green’s injury.
“When you lose a vocal guy, it’s not so much for one person to step up but for everyone,” Thybulle said. “I think it’s huge for me and for everyone down the line.”