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Tristan Thompson will start at center the rest of the season

Tristan Thompson will be the Cavaliers' starting center moving forward.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Tristan Thompson will start at center moving forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Per's Chris Haynes, coach Tyronn Lue decided to bump Thompson into the starting lineup ahead of tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks. The decision to start Thompson moves Timofey Mozgov to the bench and into a reduced role. Thompson's role as the Cavs' starting center is also a permanent move.

Thompson has started 32 games so far this season, but he's largely come off the bench with Mozgov starting. For the year, he's averaging 7.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. His role really doesn't change much moving forward.

What this means for Mozgov is more interesting. He's definitely headed for a reduced role, but he also could be out of the rotation as the playoffs begin. He hasn't been the same player he was last year and with the addition of Channing Frye, there aren't as many minutes for him. Additionally, LeBron James is going to play some minutes at the four, which limits Mozgov even more. How many he plays tonight against Atlanta may b a sign of what's to come.