Cleveland Cavaliers rule out Jordan Clarkson Tuesday night against Indiana; Larry Nance Jr. to start at center

INDIANAPOLIS — The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without leading scorer Jordan Clarkson on Tuesday night, as they play the first game of a back-to-back to open their three-game road trip. 

Clarkson has been battling some soreness in his lower back, using heating pads throughout games.

Because the Cavs play three games in the next four nights, head coach Larry Drew said he wanted to be cautious and give Clarkson some rest. 

The Cavs other lineup change is at center, where Larry Nance Jr. will get the nod for the first time this season.

Nance has started a handful of games at power forward alongside Tristan Thompson. But with Thompson out, Drew said he is choosing his starting center based on matchups, believing Nance works better against Indiana’s stretch-big Myles Turner. 

Drew said replacing Clarkson, who is averaging a career-high 16.7 points this season, won’t be easy. The Cavs need to fill his production through a committee approach. 

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