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LeBron goes back to his roots

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NBA: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more incredible things about LeBron James back in his early days in the NBA was that he played point guard. He was explicitly given the keys to the Cavaliers offense. In 2005, he moved over to a more traditional (though still ball-dominant) forward role.

On Tuesday, he went back to his roots. Ty Lue rolled out a new starting five for Cleveland, with LeBron, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson in the lineup. That made LeBron the point guard again, and he delivered with 34 points and 13 assists in a win over Chicago.

Derrick Rose didn't dress due to an ankle injury, and Jose Calderon was a DNP. It's not like Lue has a ton of options. But it will be interesting to see whether he sticks with this rotation until Isaiah Thomas comes back, or if he re-inserts Rose and sits Thompson again.

Selfishly, as we continue to appreciate LeBron and find his place in history, watching him playing the point is just too fun.

Scores Galore ...

CHI 112, CLE 119
BKN 121, ORL 125
NYK 89, BOS 110
IND 130, MIN 107
NOP 93, POR 103
UTA 84, LAC 102

... And So Much More

Paul Flannery has five all-too-early observations from Week 1.

Jimmy Butler helped Andrew Wiggins make the leap. Now, dear Wolfies, let's figure out how to avoid letting the Pacers drop a buck thirty on you at home.

Shout out to Aaron Gordon!

Shout out to Blake Griffin for dunking on Rudy Gobert very hard and then dropping a casual homage to Game Blouses.

This DeMarcus Cousins interview with Marc Spears on the eve of his return to Sacramento is something.

Marc Stein wonders if the NBA chopping block is officially back.

Zito Madu thinks Jordan Bell broke an important unwritten rule in feeding himself off the backboard amid a blowout. Like LeBron, I disagree. Let the kid live!

Nick Friedell diagrams the Bulls' slow tumble from toast of the East to worst team in the conference.

The Pistons appear to have a very big attendance problem in their new arena, for which the public contributed $300 million.

Why aren't the Mavericks playing Nerlens Noel more? Well, Nerlens Noel can't explain it. I can! The reasons are named Michael Porter, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley, and DeAndre Ayton.

The undefeated Grizzlies are about to potentially undergo a very strange potential ownership shake up.

Markelle Fultz had a cortisone shot in his shoulder, and his agent says he can't lift it above his head to shoot. That seems pretty important! Why in the Furkan Aldemir are the Sixers still playing him?

Really cool Chris Ballard piece (is there any other kind?) on Jamal Crawford's legacy.

So Earl Watson is gone. Now what?

Feuding: Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid.

Anthony Davis left the Pelicans' loss with a knee injury. But it's not serious. Whew.

Love something like J.R. Smith loves contested jumpers.

Love something like Tyler Tynes loves Philadelphia's sports moment. (Wow, imagine what he'll say when the Sixers get to .500!)

Need a last-minute couples costume and love sports memes? We have you covered.

Who Got Next?

We have a juicy 10-game slate on Wednesday. The ESPN doubleheader features Spurs-Heat at 8 p.m. ET and Wizards-Lakers at 10:30. Raptors-Warriors (also 10:30) is a headliner. Full schedule here.