Raptors host Cavaliers in matchup of new-look clubs

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2018

Center-forward Larry Nance Jr. has signed a multiyear extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced.

Nance averaged 8.9 points and seven rebounds in 24 games for the Cavaliers last season.

He has, after all, brought Cleveland its first sports title in 52 years, took them to the Finals for four straight seasons and built a school for special-needs youth.

"We're going to have to and if not, guys are going to sit down", Lue said.

Cedi Osman, Kevin Love, Thompson, Rodney Hood and George Hill are the possible starters for Cleveland. "I think I remember that Miami a couple of years ago (after James left) came out of the gates kind of like gangbusters, moving the ball and playing faster and doing all this stuff they wanted to do".

"Let's see how the Cavaliers are this year", he said.

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry said not knowing what to expect from Cleveland is a concern.

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It was a transitional year for the former UCLA man, who went from first scoring option in Minnesota to third wheel behind James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland.

The son of Cavs legend Larry Nance, the younger Nance is now the lone Akron native on the team following the departure of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Toronto Raptors were not great but they were certainly good enough to rout the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 at the Scotiabank Arena to open the National Basketball Association regular season on Wednesday night.

"The only thing I didn't want was I didn't want to be with a team that was going to tank or not be competitive", Love said.

"I just want to make us more flexible to get to that stage", the coach said. The 27-year-old missed his first three shots before Lowry gave up an easy basket for a pass to the trailing Leonard four minutes into the game. "But in the meantime, I've got to figure out a way to help us win some games".

Green took centre-court for the traditional regular-season address, telling the crowd "I feel a warm welcome when I step in here".

"I haven't come up with the word for it yet", Nance told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Monday.

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