The Cleveland Cavaliers are making another change to their starting lineup.
At the Cavs’ practice in New York on Friday, coach Tyronn Lue confirmed a new starting lineup — Derrick Rose, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson — that will be in place for “the foreseeable future”, per cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. The change moves Jae Crowder to the bench:
Lue confirms new lineup for foreseeable future; LeBron, Rose, JR, Love and Tristan— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) October 27, 2017
This marks the Cavs’ second starting lineup change this season. At the start of the year, Love was starting at center with Dwyane Wade at shooting guard and both Smith and Thompson coming off the bench. Then, Lue moved Wade to the bench and Rose’s injury allowed for Thompson to return to the starting lineup.
The moves comes on the heels of the Cavs giving up 17 threes in three consecutive games. They are 1-2 over that stretch and 3-2 on the year. The new starting lineup will first play tomorrow when the Cavs face the Pelicans on the road.
What this exactly means for the team’s rotation is unclear. All that’s really clear is that the Cavs are shifting again as they try to integrate new players into the team. Lue is trying to find something that works.