Actually, all teams roll out their starters for pre-season games. That's what separates pre-season basketball from all the other pre-season sports. I love p-s basketball. The intensity to play hard and do well (and to win) is present.
By the way, Thibs was in full regular season mode himself. He actually called a time out just to yell at a player!
Last night we played in Dallas without the services of Mitchell, Gobert, Conley, Bogdanovic and Ingles, Gobert, Bogey and Ingles have yet to see the floor in two games. LA has yet to throw Lebron and Westbrook on the floor in two games. Good teams do this to evaluate talent, other lineups and determine final cuts. Tell Thibs not to give himself a heart attack before it kicks off for real on the 19th.