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Kevin Love explains how LeBron James told him about his position shift this season

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If the pre-season is anything to go by, it may take some time for the Cleveland Cavaliers to start firing on all cylinders as they continue to make adjustments to their team.

With multiple new players to integrate into their lineups, the Cavs have shown flashes of what they can produce but are still 0-4 in the exhibition games they've played ahead of the new campaign.

Head coach Tyronn Lue has named three new players in his starting five for the season ahead with Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Jae Crowder all inserted.

As well as getting the new starters up to speed with their new teammates, the Cavaliers are also adjusting Kevin Love to his new position as the team's center.

With Tristan Thompson moving to the bench, Lue is hoping to use Love's ability to space the floor as another weapon against opposing bigs who are not so used to closing out at the three-point line.

Unusually, however, the four-time All-Star didn't learn about his new position shift from the Cleveland coach himself.

"I guess it wasn't really presented in the first place," Love said in an interview with ESPN. "I knew there was a possibility that I may or may not be playing more of the five.

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"But a funny thing happened the third day of practice. I had asked about a certain play on the defensive end and whether it was the different coverages on the four or five man, and 'Bron kind of stopped me and goes, 'You know you're gonna be starting at the five, right?'

"So I kind of looked at him and didn't really fully understand that was going to be the case. Not that I would have trained or done anything different. I just would have started wrapping my head around it more. So that's when I kind of knew that was coming into play, and I slowly and surely started to pick it up."

The new starting five played together for the first time on Tuesday but looked largely out of sync as they suffered a 108-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

K.Love, in particular, had a disappointing night as he shot 1-of-12 and the Wine and Gold shot just 40.5 percent as a team.

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But the veteran big man doesn't see any reason to panic and expects them to make an improvement.

"Didn't make much of it at all," Love said. "Preseason. A lot of bad stuff out there. It looked ugly, but we're fine. ... We'll look at some stuff, clean it up. As long as we play hard, good things will happen."

The Eastern Conference champions will kick off the regular season with the eagerly anticipated encounter against former teammate Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Kevin Love
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
LeBron James

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