3 Boston Celtics who are trending in the wrong direction against the Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game One
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Sam Hauser

When the Boston Celtics needed Sam Hauser most, he vanished. For a one-dimensional shooter, the forward has one of the longest leashes in the NBA. It's not even the lack of efficiency, but the lack of confidence to be more aggressive. To go from attempting five threes a game in the first round to not even attempting two a night in this series is jarring, to say the least.

Last series Hauser averaged a steady 17 minutes a game, which saw his minutes increase each game due to consistent and dependable performances against the Miami Heat. This series has seen his minutes decrease each game. Can you blame Joe Mazzulla? In Game 1, the sharpshooter got his 17 minutes and put up a doughnut in the scoring column, and only attempted one shot and grabbed one rebound.

Does Sam turn things around or keep running cardio?

The leash should not be as long as it is in my opinion. Guys like Svi Mykhailiuk and Oshae Brissett are perfectly capable of hitting the same open looks and would be way more hungry to get the minutes. Maybe it is time to bench Hauser, 10 points total in four games and an average of 2.5 points in 12.8 minutes is sick work.