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Tristan Thompson Will Start At Center For Cavs, Kyrie Irving Will Get Increased Minutes

The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their first game since the trade deadline on Sunday evening when they face the Atlanta Hawks. To replace the departed Ramon Sessions, Donald Sloan has been called up and signed from Erie, and Manny Harris was re-signed for the remainder of the season as well. Harris and Sloan are not expected to see much action tonight, and neither will Luke Walton, according to Coach Byron Scott:

Other lineup changes involved the Cavaliers' two rookies, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. Irving will play increased minutes with Sessions now in Los Angeles. Scott said Irving will play 35 minutes per game, at least. He had been playing around 30 minutes per game to date in his rookie campaign. Thompson has been moved into the starting lineup, where he will start at center until the return of Anderson Varejao.

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