CLEVELAND -- Brad Stevens hinted that Jayson Tatum would be getting the starting nod at power forward earlier this week, but the head coach confirmed at Tuesday's shootaround that the rookie will draw the opening night assignment in the frontcourt. Stevens will go with Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford against a likely starting five of Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love for Cleveland.
Stevens on starting Tatum: "Starting, playing, all the minutes are the same to me. I know it's a big talking point whether a guy starts or not but it's more important how they play when they get in. I think he compliments that first group well and he plays the game with the right pace and he makes the right basketball play. Age doesn't really matter when that comes into effect. I think also at times when you aren't as experienced and you haven't seen it all, it's better to be on the court when Al, Gordon or Kyrie is on the court."