Tristan Thompson Named Starting Center Against Atlanta

Mar 14, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) drives for the basket as Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) defends during the second quarter at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Word out of Saturday's practice is that Tristan Thompson will be getting the nod from Byron Scott to be the starting center on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks. In what will be the first start of his burgeoning NBA career, Tristan will likely be being matched up against Zaza "Nothing Easy" Pachulia who has been filling in for the injured Al Horford. No word yet on what kind of minutes Tristan will be getting, but I would personally hope he gets bumped up a bit from the 20 minutes he's been averaging this season.

I like this move. Not only does it banish Ryan Hollins back to the bench where he belongs, it also opens up Tristan's spot off the bench at the 4 presumably for Samardo Samuels. While Samardo's minutes have been severely limited compared to last season, he's continued to impress me with his play and it'll be nice to catch a glimpse of him playing at his natural position which he hasn't played at much this year.

Maybe if we're lucky we'll even be graced with Luke Walton's Cavalier debut. We can only hope, right?

Side Note: This is my first post for Fear the Sword and I'm super excited to be joining the team here. You can find me on twitter at @AngeloCLE and find my other, non-Cavaliers, NBA writing over at I GO HARD NOW. Yes, we named the site after Christian Eyenga. Yes, we're in a period of deep mourning.

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