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The Cleveland Cavaliers start their season Wednesday night on the road against the Toronto Raptors.

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

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. The Boston Celtics, replete with Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving in the lineup, are in town Friday night to begin the four-game season series with the Raptors.

In his first game since January 13 and first game as a Raptor, Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and the Raptors beat the Cavaliers 116-104. There was no telling how the franchise would respond to the loss of LeBron James, who had been the heart and soul of the team for the past five seasons. Cleveland's Love was a miserable 5-for-16 from the field ... It was a little bit nerve-wracking there towards the end, it's one of those coaching when you've got a nice lead and all of a sudden it starts shrinking down there towards the end, that clock seems to be moving really slow.

There are questions about whether Nance has much more room to grow or if, for the most part, he's reached his ceiling as a player.

Nance is expected to share the role of starting center Tristan Thompson, who will likely be used against the bigger centers.

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He said the Cavs ownership and management would love to make the playoffs to prove they could do it without LeBron James.

Larry Nance Jr. looked out at the crowd gathered in the gym and knew he made the right choice.

"We have to do it by committee", Lue said. 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. For us, we're a play-off team. The fourth-year pro is only 25 years old.

"I'm very fortunate and very happy where I am now in my 11th year".

"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.

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