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Without coming out and saying it, expect Tyronn Lue to go back to Tristan Thompson at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
Thompson, whom Lue inserted as a starter for Game 7 against Indiana in the first round, has a well-documented history of being effective against Boston’s Al Horford.
“Looking at the statistics, over the last three years with at least 30 possessions (defending him), out of all the guys, Tristan is No. 1 in the league in defending Al Horford,” Lue said after practice Monday.
Horford shot 8-of-20 and scored 20 points as the Celtics romped over the Cavaliers, 108-83, in Game 1 on Sunday.
In the Cavaliers’ 2015 playoff series against Horford and the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland outscored Atlanta by 16 points per 100 possessions.
Thompson also dominated Horford in Cleveland’s 4-1 triumph over Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago. Horford had an effective field-goal percentage of 81.8 percent while Thompson was not on the floor in that series, compared to 43.5 percent from Thompson was on the court, according to NBA.com.