Thornwell will start Friday's game against the Wizards, Brad Turner of the LA Times reports.
It was initially reported that C.J. Williams would get the start at shooting guard, but the Clippers will instead go with the rookie out of South Carolina. He'll be joined by Lou Williams in a depleted backcourt that will be without Austin Rivers (concussion), Patrick Beverley (knee), and Milos Teodosic (rest), so all three of Williams, Thornwell and Williams will likely be counted on for heavy minutes.
Thornwell is drawing the start over C.J. Williams for Saturday's game against the Wizards, Law Murray of ESPN reports.
Thornwell has come off the bench over the past five games, averaging 3.8 points and 1.6 rebounds across 13.8 minutes per game. Though he's drawing the start, he still may not see much more run than that, as Austin Rivers and Lou Williams are still seeing the bulk of the minutes at both guard spots.
Thornwell will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Knicks.
Thornwell ended up starting five games in place of the injured Patrick Beverley (knee), averaging 8.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 29.5 minutes. However, Beverley is finally back to full strength and has been cleared for a return to the top unit, which sends Thornwell back to a bench role. With Milos Teodosic (foot) still out, Thornwell could still be a part of the regular rotation, though he'll see a sizable decrease in minutes now that he's working with the reserves.
Thornwell will draw the the start at point guard for Friday's tilt against the Thunder, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Thornwell will replace Patrick Beverely (knee) at point guard. The rookie will likely see a relatively healthy boost from the 11.1 minutes per game he is averaging, which makes him an interesting DFS punt play. However, he will face a tough matchup against the Thunder.
Thornwell totaled six points (3-6 FG, 0-1 FT), two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 120-107 loss to the Spurs.
Thornwell matched career highs in steals and made field goals while earning double-digit minutes for the fifth consecutive contest. Danilo Gallinari (hip) sat out of Tuesday's matchup, and if he were to miss Friday's game against the Thunder Thornwell would figure to pick up some extra playing time. It's rare that a rookie is able to earn the trust of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, but Thornwell appears to be doing just that.
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