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Cavs' Crowder to bench; Tristan to start

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Following three straight so-so performances, including two losses, the Cleveland Cavaliers are changing their starting yet lineup.

This time, it's small forward Jae Crowder who is moving to the bench, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters. Tristan Thompson, who had been playing backup center to Kevin Love, will move back in at center -- with Love moving to his regular position of power (and stretch) forward.

None of this lineup shuffling is a major surprise, as Lue was handed a whole new cast of characters with which to work.

The list includes Crowder, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, who will start at point guard again now that he's sufficiently recovered from a sprained ankle.

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"I think it's better, too, because having Kevin bang with those big guys, it's wearing him out for his shot and having to (guard) all the pick-and-rolls, it's a lot of energy to ask of Kevin, especially when he has to be one of our primary scorers," Lue told reporters, via

"So getting Tristan back in that lineup, the bigs, he's used to setting screens, rolling, creating space for other guys. It's what we're going to go with right now."

Crowder, for the record, told reporters he's a-OK with the change.

"To be honest with you I came in not putting myself as a starter, prepping myself to do whatever the team asked me to do, whether it be coming off the bench or whether it be starting," Crowder said. "So, I've been open to change because we haven't found our groove yet. We're still searching for answers to see how we can get games rolling in our favor."

The Cavs (3-2) visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, then host the New York Knicks the next night.