3 takeaways from preseason win over Cavaliers — Washington Wizards

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"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", Lue said. Everybody and their brother knows that. Don't worry about me, I'm going to continue to keep working. Despite the Cavaliers now having one of the deepest rosters in the National Basketball Association, it doesn't mean those bodies don't have miles on them. Wade will now reunite with his old friend LeBron in what could potentially be James' swansong in Cleveland. Outside of the Houston Rockets, no team has been quite as prolific from beyond the arc as the Cavs.

The Cavaliers open their season on October 17 against the Boston Celtics. And it's hard for him to do this if he's on the bench. Against even better teams in the playoffs, that was magnified, and particularly against the Monstars, the Golden State Warriors.

Monday's announcement doesn't mean Rose will be playing "starter" minutes. So for all you LeBron haters, you can hush (cough.SKIP). James is not going to play every defensive possession like it's his last, and I get that.

After signing Wade, the Cavs have one of the most impressive rosters (on paper) in the entire league. I'm not saying they have to be, either, but they will need Jae Crowder and James to supply the help needed when penetration happens. So Derrick Rose, who was acquired by the Cavaliers in late July, looked to be Thomas' surefire replacement as he joined J.R. Smith in the backcourt. On the defensive end, Thompson is their top rim protector. Love is a great scorer and good rebounder but he isn't as great of a rebounder as Thompson. "Unbelievable character guy. He understands it's a long season. So, I'll take it". That said, he can't guard opposing wings for the entirety of games. Is $82 million too much to pay for a backup center? "D-Rose is a big point guard", James said. No matter the sport an athlete happens to be in, there's only so many miles in the odometer.

During the playoffs a year ago for the Cavaliers, the gameplan was to give the ball to LeBron and Kyrie and move out of the way. All in all, the King's defense must be at its best if the Cavs can get back to being champions once again.

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