Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. moved into the Cavaliers’ starting lineup on Monday night against the Pistons, with Cleveland starting Larry Nance Jr. at center due to Tristan Thompson‘s ankle injury. It worked, the Cavaliers won 112-90 (albeit against a struggling Detroit squad).
Get used to it, the Cavaliers are going to have this rotation for a couple of weeks.
In the move, Lue is now bringing Cedi Osman off the bench because he wants Nance’s energy and defense, and Hood’s shooting, in the starting five. Again, it worked for a game, but that was against a Detroit team coming apart at the seams.
The Cavaliers now head out on a six-game road trip without Thompson where they will face three teams fighting for the playoffs (Nuggets, Clippers, Trail Blazers) plus a Lakers team playing well. It’s going to put this roster configuration to a real test.