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David Fizdale defends decision to have Tim Hardaway guard Caris LeVert on game-winner

“If I was in a game playing against high school teammate, for him his college teammate (Hardaway Jr. and LeVert played together at Michigan), and we’re going tit for tat. And the last play of the game the coach goes, ‘Hey, I’m going to put somebody else on him.’ I might lose Timmy. That could crush him,” Fizdale said. “No. This is a development year. That’s part of Timmy’s development. He’s got to take that challenge. I can’t hide him. He’s got to dig in and get that stop. He didn’t get it last night but he knows I believe he can. We’re going to keep working at it. It was just a personnel breakdown. He knew that kid wanted to go right and he let him get right. We’ll fix that issue and the next time, get the stop. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about me trying to manipulate the situation to hopefully win a game or whatever it is. The areas that I’m trying to get these guys to be better at when it comes up in a game I gotta let them go through that. I can’t hide it from them.”

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