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.