Raptors down Cavs in season opener

Credit USA Today Images

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But they could go head-to-head in a series of games if the Los Angeles Lakers and Cavaliers reach the playoffs. A Siakam block created a couple of free throws for Leonard at the other end - during which a handful of fans chanted "M-V-P!" - and the Raptors led by 10 with two-and-a-half minutes to play and never looked back.

Nance averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 24 games last season.

"Those guys look like they have been part of this team for a while", he said.

"I think everybody up and down the league is in agreement that they're the best team in the East, right?" He didn't. Leonard played the first 11 minutes of the game and got himself into a bit of a rhythm in those latter few minutes.

"I feel like they are a pretty deep team so they have to figure out minutes, rotations, who is going to get the ball when and where, and run certain options for certain people". He got a scholarship to play at the University of Wyoming.

"I wanted this to be a building year and still be competitive".

After spending the summer preparing for the biggest season of his career in recent memory, the All-Star big man struggled to find his groove in the season opener. He had an MRI Monday that showed no structural damage.

Larry Nance Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed on a four-year extension that will pay the forward $44.8 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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"It's feeling great", Nance said. "We'll see what (Wednesday) brings".

Nance is expected to platoon with Tristan Thompson at starting center as he enters his fourth professional season.

The Raptors were 4-1 in exhibition games.

Going into the playoffs last season, the Toronto Raptors had a lot working in their favour. Beginning tonight in Toronto, the LeBron James-less Cavs will have to start walking the walk. "It's just a matter of how I'm going to react to that challenge and accepting that challenge, which I am, which I will do". "But defensively for me is where I want to improve and stay on top of my game".

"Cedi plays basketball and he lives with joy", veteran teammate Kyle Korver said. "So until someone takes us down, there's not much they can really say". The player that replaced him at centre?

With teams required to meet a minimum baseline of spending to to the NBA's salary floor of $98.61 million - 90 percent of the cap - you've got to put your money somewhere.

But though both teams are still finding their way to the level that they will eventually get to, neither is close to a finished product.

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