“I think you have to be ready at full speed right when you go in,” Korver said. “You don’t get to warm up and then you go in and play. For me, it will be more playing more with a different lineup probably. All season long, with the second unit the ball has been flowing a little more. That’s obviously where I’m at my best. At the end of the day, we’ve got to start getting some wins and that’s all that matters.”
Korver played 32 minutes against the Thunder is Monday’s 102-99 loss. He finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, two rebounds and an assist. Sefolosha played 33 minutes.
Budenholzer said coaches have talked about the move for some time.
“I think it can be better for our team,” Budenholzer said. “That’s always how you have to make decisions. I think this case, it can be better for Kyle individually too. He gets to see the game a little bit, gets to see the rhythm and the flow of it. Come in and maybe shake free a little bit.”
Budenholzer reiterated Tuesday that the move is not short term. He said Sefolosha complements the starting unit on both ends of the court. He also added that he prefers Tim Hardaway Jr. coming off the bench.
Budenholzer agreed with the assessment that the starting unit of Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and Sefolosha represents the team’s five best defensive players.