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Tyronn Lue says Kevin Love could be Cavs' permanent starting center

Tyronn Lue says Kevin Love could be Cavs' permanent starting center”

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Chicago Bulls shares a hug with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the game on December 2, 2016 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. They used it again in the first round of the playoffs against Andre Drummond and Detroit, and it worked there as well (but less so the rest of the playoffs).

With the addition of Jae Crowder, a rugged 6-6 defender who can guard both forward positions, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he is considering whether to start Kevin Love over Tristan Thompson at center.

Love said that he expects to see a lot more time at center this upcoming season. But it gives us a different look. This is simply a way to best maximize offensive production by sacrificing some efficiency on the defensive end of the floor.

With Irving gone we knew Cleveland was going to lean more on Love, particularly as a playmaker at the elbows, but this is another level from Lue.

"Spacing opportunities, spacing the floor", Lue told reporters, via ESPN. This would bump Tristan Thompson to the bench, which would probably hurt the Cavs' defense, but it would also improve their spacing and up-tempo offense.

This is what preseason is for - try stuff.

Still, it will be interesting to see if some teams are willing to eat the fine in order to get their star players an extra night off, or if perhaps there will be an uptick in players being listed as "injured".



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