I can understand going with the hot hand, especially when offense is always a problem and a game is tight. However, an entire quarter of NBA basketball is very tough endurance wise, especially in a 4th quarter, especially in a huge comeback. Kemba was pulled with 5 minutes left in the third, so that comes to 17 minutes of this high energy expending brand of tough basketball.
This can cause your shot to fall flat towards the end of the game, as our guards didn't hit their jumpers as much, and it also can drain your legs on the defensive end in trying to get stops or chase down rebounds.
If anything, there should have been a rotation, especially with Kemba finding his groove early in the third. Whose to say he couldn't keep up with Sessions and Gordon on offense.
Two other things - Gordon, for as good as he shoots, is one of the worst ball handlers for a guard I have ever seen. Yes, he's good at making defenders look silly when getting his shot off in their grill, but he makes terrible decisions with the ball, tends to get tunnel vision when he is on, can't dribble under pressure, and spazzes out when double teamed. I love seeing his hot streaks, but in crunch time I'd prefer him on the bench, unless we need a 3.
Also, I think Kemba would've been better for defensive purposes in the 4th as well. Speaking for myself, as a tall guard who likes to play point, my eyes get huge whenever a bigger player is trying to guard me in isolation. I pretty much can get a shot off at will, either with a step back, or know I can get to the hole. No matter how good we think Taylor's defense is, he is no match in quickness to Kyrie, so we were basically daring him to hit open shots.
On the other hand, someone of similar size and quickness causes more trouble on defense, where the defender can move his feet quicker and can anticipate and recover instantly, or even sneak in for a steal. Kemba did semi hound Kyrie during the early part of the game and keeping his offense off balance. I'm not saying he could've stopped Kyrie, but I think he would've had a much better chance than Taylor down the stretch in staying in front of him and giving him more difficulty.
Oh well, keep marching on to that #2 pick that we'll win in the lottery again.