The Cavaliers are down a couple big men, Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao.
That leaves Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov starting with little-used Kendrick Perkins and Brendan Haywood as the only healthy natural power forwards or centers in reserve. LeBron James and Shawn Marion can play down, and even James Jones, Mike Miller and Iman Shumpert can in funky lineups.
But Cleveland doesn’t want to be forced into going small too often.
What happens if Thompson or Mozgov gets hurt?
Varejao was slated to miss the entire season with an Achilles tear. If the Cavs need him, they’re probably in trouble.
But once they’re in trouble, activating Varejao very well could become the best way to handle it.