Cavs’ Dwyane Wade Named 5th Starter

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The Cleveland Cavaliers officially named Dwyane Wade a starter ahead of their opening night showdown with the Boston Celtics.

Wade will round out a starting five consisting of LeBron James at forward, Derrick Rose at point guard, Jae Crowder at the 4 and Kevin Love at the 5.

“I just wanted to do it” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

James has been sidelined with a sprained ankle but will rejoin the Cavs for their final two preseason games.

“It’s been hard since LeBron’s been out, but just something we’re going to do to start the season and see how it works,” Lue said.

Lue has been impressed with how Rose ran with the second unit.

“Really good,” Lue said of Rose’s play.

“I think having him on the second unit, along with the first unit, him and Bron can always push the pace because we want to play with pace, play fast.

And then we want to get D-Rose back with that second unit, we can push and we’ve got JR and Kyle (Korver) running the lanes, and you have Jeff Green filling the lanes and D-Rose can go to the basket.

So, he’s going to be able to find guys and we’re going to have a lot of space on the floor for him, but we can still play with pace.”