Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt will start Tristan Thompson in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, according to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Blatt went with Mike Miller in the starting lineup in Game 1 in an attempt to somewhat replicate the floor spacing that Kevin Love and J.R. Smith provide. The move backfired in a big way, as Miller had just three points and was a team-worst -20 in 16 minutes. Thompson had four rebounds and eight rebounds in 37 minutes, and he was a +4 in the Cavaliers’ 99-92 loss.
With Thompson back in the lineup, the Cavaliers will have a more traditional two-big unit starting the game to match up with the Bulls’ starting frontcourt of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. This also moves LeBron James back to the small-forward position.
Thompson brings energy on both ends of the floor, and he can make his mark on the game with offensive rebounding. He’s also more adept at switching on screens, which is especially useful against Chicago.