Thornwell is coming off the bench for Tuesday's preseason matchup against Denver, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Coach Doc Rivers is experimenting with a backcourt of Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, pushing Thornwell to the bench. In 40 total preseason minutes, Thornwell has posted nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Thornwell is starting Saturday against the Lakers, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
With Danilo Gallinari getting Saturday off for rest, a spot opened up for Thornwell in the lineup. In one preseason appearance, Thornwell posted six points, five rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.