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Rodney Hood To Start At Shooting Guard For Cavs In Game 1 Against Pacers

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Cavaliers had an important decision regarding their starting shooting guard position heading into Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers. After weeks of circling guys in and out of the role due to injuries, Cleveland’s head coach Ty Lue has made a decision for the start of the team’s postseason run.

Lue announced during Sunday’s pre-game availability that he would start Rodney Hood at the two-guard over the likes of Jordan Clarkson and Kyle Korver.

“Kyle’s been favoring his foot. He’s gonna be on a minute restriction so it was just tough,” Lue told the media. “Rodney’s been well in a starting role so Rodney’s starting tonight.”

Hood has averaged 10.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in twenty-three games with the Cavaliers. He’s started in eleven of those games, proving to be a game-changer when he enters the starting five. Cleveland went and acquired Hood at the trade deadline due to his ridiculous length and ability to operate as a guard despite having forward-like size.

The Cavs and Pacers tip-off for Game 1 from Quicken Loans Arena at 3:30 pm ET.

Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.

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