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Kevin Love still getting comfortable playing center after initially being frustrated by switch

Kevin Love still getting comfortable playing center after initially being frustrated by switch
Published On: Fri, Oct 20
Feb 21, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) prepares to shoot the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) defends during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love was supposed to be much more comfortable this season.

He was entering his fourth full year with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- all the growing pains in the past and able to laugh off the annual summer trade rumors. He was thrust into a more prominent offensive role following Kyrie Irving's departure, asked to be the remodeled Cavs' second scoring option.

But then on the first day of training camp, Love was moved to a new position: center. And that's where he has stayed.

In an effort to create more space on offense and to make Dwyane Wade's transition to the starting lineup a bit more smooth, head coach Tyronn Lue moved his All-Star over one spot, swapping out long-time starter Tristan Thompson.

"It's going to be tough for fives to move around with him," Lue said recently. "When we run pick-and-rolls, they can't really get out and show. He's going to have a lot of open shots and we know Kevin, he can make shots.

"When we play big and Tristan goes to the 5 and he goes to the 4, we're back to our normal positioning. We're going to try it out and see how it works. He was frustrated at first, but now he's enjoying it."

That Love-Thompson frontcourt didn't get any run together in the season opener. Maybe that will come against a bigger Milwaukee team on Friday.

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