It also highlights a concern I have moving forward: how long can this continue? How long should it? Right now, Rubio is inarguably the Cavs’ most effective late-game ball handler.
Granted, with Collin Sexton injured, there’s no reason to take Rubio off the floor late. Darius Garland’s shooting makes him a more useful off-ball option than Rubio. Again, Rubio is a savant with the ball in his hands; he’s more than earned crunch-time pilot privileges.