Mozgov played only 12 minutes in Monday's 111-106 overtime win against the Pacers, finishing with six points (3-4 FG) and two rebounds. Mozgov has come off the bench each of the last five games, and is averaging 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.4 assists across 14.6 minutes during that stretch. Meanwhile, Tristan Thompson has thrived as the starting center, and the Cavs are 5-0 during that stretch, so there's not much reason for interim coach Tyronn Lue to bother with increasing Mozgov's role.
Mozgov will come off the bench Monday versus the Timberwolves, Alan Horton of WCCO 830 AM reports. Mozgov has started the previous five games for Cleveland, but they have opted to go with Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup Monday. It has been rumored that Mozgov is on the trading block, but it is unclear if that has anything to do with the lineup switch. The center position will continue to be monitored going forward as new head coach Tryonn Lue toys with the lineup.
Mozgov managed six points (3-6 FG), three rebounds, and one block in 15 minutes during the Cavaliers' 132-98 loss against the Warriors on Monday. Mozgov has started the last two games now, but he has seen only 33 minutes combined. The 29-year-old center is always one of the last options offensively, and he doesn't earn enough minutes to deliver big rebound and block totals--making him a poor fantasy option even in the deepest leagues.
Mozgov is expected to earn a second straight start at center in Monday's game against the Warriors, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. After entering the starting lineup in Friday's win over the Rockets, Mozgov looks in line to get another nod after Tristan Thompson was spotted wearing a jersey during the Cavs' morning shootaround usually reserved for bench players. It's likely that Mozgov's stint in the starting five is only matchup-based, as the Rockets (Dwight Howard) and Warriors (Andrew Bogut) both start traditional back-to-the-basket centers that Mozgov can match up better with than the rangier Tristan Thompson, who is best utilized as a small-ball center.
Mozgov will return to the starting lineup Friday versus the Rockets, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports. After starting the first 25 games he played this year, Mozgov has come off the bench nine for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson, who replaced him in the starting unit, will return to the bench Friday. It is unclear what triggered this switch, but it is likely matchup based. The situation will need to be monitored going forward.
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