Chicago Sun-Times

Gooden gets starting nod at Cleveland

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Head coach Jim Boylan gave forward Drew Gooden his first start Sunday. Gooden was making his first return to Cleveland since the Cavaliers traded him and Larry Hughes to the Bulls Feb. 21, for Ben Wallace and Joe Smith. Gooden replaced Tyrus Thomas. It apears the move may be permanent for the remainder of the season.
``I feel like it's time,'' Boylan said. ``Drew is a physical presence around the basket. Especially in a game like today, we need that. Going forward, I feel we need that at the start of games.''
Boylan said Saturday Thomas would start vs. the Cavs, but left his option open.
``Tyrus will continue to play and develop and grow,'' Boylan said. ``If the only way you develop and grow is being in the starting lineup, then the people who think that don't really know the game very well.''

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