Nance Jr and co. will be looking to get their season off to the best possible start when they take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
For the first time since arriving in Cleveland four years ago, Love is expected to play the role of Cavaliers' floor general - a position previously filled by a certain someone named LeBron James. But there was one moment late in the fourth quarter when we got to see just how fluid the Raptors' rotation could be in the season to come.
Kawhi Leonard, Toronto's prized off-season acquisition, had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his first real game as a Raptor, while Kyle Lowry had 27 points and eight assists, and Toronto beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 on Wednesday.
"And it took a little while for him to get going, but by Larry's senior year he leads them to the NCAA tournament". Cavs star LeBron James may be gone, but another Northeast Ohio native has committed to staying with the Cavs long-term. JV would be replacing Ibaka at centre just as soon as the whistle blows the play dead, but as Valanciuas watched from the scorer's table, Ibaka started making things happen.
A defense that was one of the best in the National Basketball Association last season looked very different with Anthony and without Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. "They gave me some more energy". WKSU's Mark Arehart talked with sports commentator Terry Pluto about Larry Nance Jr. and the deal he signed this week. "He just said that and has a amusing way of bringing people in and making them more comfortable". For us, we're a play-off team.
"I don't have any regrets about leaving", says the former No. 5 lottery pick, who grew up between California and Oregon. Patience has worn thin among the public in terms of how the Congolese veteran is viewed after a disappointing regular season and a complete disappearing act in the playoffs in 2017-18, but, truth be told, the Raptors also need him. "I wish I could have stayed more because it's such a happy and carefree and joyous occasion being there at school".
Now, it's up to Love to live up to his contract and be the "A-hole" that Lue and the city of Cleveland need.