Cavs 10-Man Playoff Rotation: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers will start their first-round series Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers have one of the deepest benches in the league. Throughout the playoffs, the key for the Cavs and Tyronn Lue is to utilize the depth. Last year, despite having moderate depth at each position, Lue stuck with an eight-man rotation throughout much of the postseason.

This week, Dave McMenamin reported that Lue is likely to go with a 10-man rotation.

You usually go nine,” Lue said, describing a standard playoff rotation. “I think we’ve been nine in the past, but I think it’s going to be important to go 10 for us.

This is fantastic news for Cavs fans, but it still leaves a few players on the outside looking in.

Throughout the playoffs, it is safe to assume that the starting five will be George Hill, Rodney Hood, LeBron James, Jeff Green and Kevin Love.

So, just like that, there is five slots filled. Where does this put JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, Jose Calderon, Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Korver, Cedi Osman and Larry Nance? What about Ante Zicic and Kendrick Perkins?

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