Korver’s grit, guts, hustle inspire Cavaliers

Kyle Korver's hustle, determination and, yes, shooting ability are inspiring LeBron James.

At 37, Kyle Korver is the oldest player on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In fact, he’s only four years younger than his head coach, Tyronn Lue.

Which means he will pay a price for the tremendous effort he put forth in again providing a huge lift off the bench as the Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics, 111-102, in Game 4 on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.

In 25 minutes, Korver score 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting and added four rebounds and most impressively, three blocked shots.

“I’m gonna be hurting tomorrow. My back’s a little sore, my elbow’s a little sore,” Korver said. “But this is fun basketball. It’s the playoffs. We’re at home. The crowd was rocking tonight, and it just kind of takes over you sometimes. Yeah, whatever it takes.”

Korver’s two first-half blocks of Celtics 21-year-old Jaylen Brown had the sellout crowd roaring. He also had several hustle plays, including outrunning three Boston players in one particular sequence and diving for a loose ball.

“I felt so incredibly old and slow when I dove after that ball,” Korver said. “But the heart was in the right spot.”

LeBron James, who put up another spectacular performance, scoring 44 points on 17-of-28 shooting, could not have been more effusive in his praise for Korver.

“I’ve loved Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him here,. I still have no idea how Griff was able to pull that off, to this day,” James said, referencing former Cavs general manager David Griffin. “I don’t remember Kyle falling too much like that. I’ve got to keep his body as fresh as possible. But listen, he’s doing whatever it takes to try to help us win, with the blocks, with the strips.

“Obviously, his shot-making is very key for our team as well, but it’s just the intangibles he’s doing for us defensively.”

James continued to heap praise on Korver.

“Just putting his mind and his body into it. It’s not about his age, he’s always keeping his body in the right position in tonight’s game,” he said. “He’s guarding Jaylen Brown, how old is Jaylen Brown? He’s guarding Jaylen Brown, one of the most athletic wings in our league who is 21 years old.

“Jaylen can fall on the ground 10 times and spring up like he never fell. I wouldn’t like Kyle falling too much like that but he’s doing whatever it take to get us to win. Obviously, his blocks, his strips, and it’s his intangibles defensively that have put him in position to be on the floor.”

The 41-year-old Lue had some fun with Korver in his postgame comments.

“He’s 37 now? God dang!” Lue said through a laugh. “We played him too many minutes. We need him, though.”

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  1. Korver was my MVP for this game. That effort will provide this old fan for the remainder of my years as one of the most remembered playoff games for the Cavs.

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