If you saw our FanShot earlier, you know that Van Gundy has already planned his "Big 3" rotations for the next two preseason games. Greg Monroe will start at center on Thursday night vs. the Bucks with Josh Smith at the power forward. Andre Drummond and Monroe will start on Sunday on the road against the Wizards.
Van Gundy also announced on Thursday that D.J. Augustin would start at point guard against the Bucks with Brandon Jennings coming off the bench. Kyle Singler will start at small forward instead of Caron Butler, who will get the old-man's courtesy night off. Jodie Meeks will get the starting nod at shooting guard again.
It's not yet clear who will start at point guard, shooting guard or small forward on Sunday. But here's what we know:
|Thursday vs. Bucks||D.J. Augustin||Jodie Meeks||Kyle Singler||Josh Smith||Greg Monroe|
|Sunday at Wizards||¯\_(ツ)_/¯||Ask again later||Reply hazy, try again||Greg Monroe||Andre Drummond|
It's possible Cartier Martin, who missed Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, could see his first action of the preseason.
I wouldn't put too much concern into starters and rotations just yet. I doubt it has anything to do with first-game performance and instead has everything to do with Van Gundy simply wanting to get a better feel for what he'll be working with when the regular season tips, and by then, hopefully it will make all the sense in the world.
Game time against the Bucks is 7:30 p.m. ET. We'll have your GameThread ready for you an hour or so before tip off.
Now, your thoughts.