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Iman Shumpert, Kyrie Irving and partly Matthew Dellavedova will be primarily responsible for keeping Rose in front of them. Nonetheless, if Rose is getting off, you might see James call for a defensive switch and that goes for anyone else who may catch on fire. "I think it's a different time. It's a different situation. If need be, will I need to guard Rose at times? I can do it," James said. "I can guard anybody on their team one through 15 if need be. But the time, the score, the game, the situation will dictate itself." Cleveland Plain Dealer
LeBron James said one of the primary reasons that he decided to rejoin the Cavaliers last summer was the opportunity to play with Irving. “I didn’t need no validation, I knew how special the kid was,” James said. “I know how special he is now still. He’s going to be a big key to our success.” Asked if he saw some of himself in Irving, James said: “The burden that was put on me was probably a little higher but the expectations are around the same. They expect greatness out of the kid and that’s exactly what he does. He’s not afraid of the moment. He loves every moment. His upbringing, the people that were around him, the time that he was with [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] probably helped him. He’s been great.” Boston Globe
Cavs guard Kyrie Irving is close with Love and on Thursday, Irving called Love one of his brothers, saying "when one of your brothers goes down, there's a piece of us that went with him." Those are significant comments, and Love no doubt heard them. The Cavaliers have an advantageous head start in the free-agent process. Not only can the Cavaliers continue a dialogue with him about his place and role in the team's future, they are making him feel wanted and important. USA Today Sports
A. Sherrod Blakely: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith (rest) will not play today vs #Celtics. #CelticsTalk Twitter @SherrodbCSN
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