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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.”

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Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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Cavs’ Kevin Love Targeting January Return

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love could make his way back to the court for action in mid-January, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

Love underwent surgery on his injured toe at the beginning of November and he was initially projected to be available to return around Christmas, but now his projected timetable of return seems to be the middle of January.

With one of the worst records in the NBA, Cleveland can afford to take their time with Love and bring him back slowly.

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Cavs’ Kevin Love Talks About Bigger Purpose in Life, Other Than Basketball

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Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Kevin Love believes that his life has a greater purpose beyond being a productive and successful player in the National Basketball Association and is embracing his role as the league’s unofficial ambassador on mental health.

“I feel like I have a purpose, for the greater good,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “For the first 10 years, for better or worse, that’s what I felt like for basketball. Learning what I needed to learn. Now I’m just starting to work on myself off the court. That’s going to lead to helping people and paying it forward. I think it is good to be busier when you’re working, putting the same time into things that are super valuable.”

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