Cleveland Cavaliers’ Head Coach Tyronn Lue announced that Dwyane Wade would start at shooting guard and J.R. Smith would come off the bench.
Lue said he came to the decision a few days ago. When accessing Smith’s reaction to the decision, Lue said:
He was fine…It’s tough, you’ve been in a position where you went to three straight Finals and you’ve been the starting two guard. But like I said its about sacrifice if you want to win. J.R. was great about it. Just knows he has to have a different role right now so we’ll see how it works.
Coach Lue offered no explanation on why he selected Wade as the starter.