Charles Matthews only had 3 points, but it isn’t what he put in the box score that impressed his head coach.
Coming off the bench, Boston Coach Joe Jones said Matthews was disruptive with three consecutive offensive rebounds. Cal needed somebody to provide energy off the bench during a tight stretch and Matthews did the trick.
“He moved into the rotation now. I thought he was outstanding. If you ask me he changed the whole game,” Calipari said. That praise didn’t come with a caveat, “If he makes free throws he’s in that 7-man rotation and he pushes guys out.”
Matthews totaled 7 rebounds but missed 3 free throws in 18 minutes of action. Matthews’ heart has gotten him playing time, but he’ll need to improve his execution to remain a permanent fixture.