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Kevin Love admits he wasn't happy being moved to center for the Cavs

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a solid start to the new season after winning their opening two games.

The Ohio-based franchise followed up their opening night win over the Boston Celtics with a resounding 116-97 victory on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Head coach Tyronn Lue will be happy to see that they are putting wins on the board despite integrating many new faces into their team.

The Cavs acquired Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston and added free agents Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jose Calderon to their roster.

As well as the new recruits, the Cavaliers are also getting used to changes with some of their existing players.

J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson lost their starting spots and are now coming off the bench as part of the second unit and this has led to Kevin Love moving to the center position.

With Wade and Rose starting, Lue wanted a center who could space the floor and open up driving lanes for those two and LeBron and decided that Love was perfect to fill this new role on the floor.

In a recent interview with Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the four-time All-Star admitted that it wasn't a change that he particularly liked.

“It’s been a little bit of a change for me,” Love said. “I still find myself spacing a little bit wanting to roll a little bit more and on the defensive end just playing the primary big on their team the whole time on the defensive end.

"It’s been a little bit different figuring things out on that end, but it comes with the growth I’m talking about. We need to do that and hopefully be a machine when things start clicking.”

The 29-year-old has his deficiencies on defence and will be a worry for the team when he has to guard bigs who can operate in the low post.

But his ability to play as a stretch five and venture out to the three-point line is a problem for opposing centers as they're not used to guarding opponents on the perimeter.

This was evident when K.Love found himself open in the corner and knocked down a huge three to effectively seal the win against the Celtics on opening night.

Lue believes it's an adjustment that his big man will benefit from.

“We’re going to try it out and see how it works. He was frustrated at first, but now he’s enjoying it,” he said.

Love put up 17 points and 12 rebounds in the team's win in Milwaukee and they return to Cleveland to face the Orlando Magic in a back to back tonight.

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

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