Lue has experimented with Love at centre during training camp and believes the new-look line-up will create matchup problems for opposing centres as well as open the floor for LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others. Shumpert will undergo treatment and is now projected to return to play in approximately seven to 10 days.
The next preseason game for the Cleveland Cavaliers comes on Friday night against the Indiana Pacers. The NBA season starts on October 17 so Iman Shumpert should also be ready to return by then as well.
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The new National Basketball Association season will not start until the next two weeks, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are already looking far ahead of the competition. However, while James and Love's production are obvious keys to their success moving forward, there are also three "Ds" that will determine how the Cavs season goes.
This move could help the Cavaliers compete with teams that have smaller lineups.
Lue has more options this season after Cleveland's roster was overhauled, with Irving being traded to Boston and the additions of Rose, Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Jeff Green.
"We haven't played together still in like four years", Wade said. James' injury is not believed to be serious, and the Cavs will make sure he's full healed before he plays.