The new-look Raptors faced off against the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers (albeit without LeBron James), and were relentless from beginning to end in their 116-104 win. Kevin Love's deal is structured in similar way.
Cleveland center/forward Larry Nance Jr., recently signed to a four-year contract, has been dealing with a sprained right ankle but practiced Tuesday.
Nurse's willingness to point out what might not have been done last season is noteworthy, and while he may have been champing at the bit to make those changes a year ago, he has full authority to do so now.
Cavaliers: F Larry Nance Jr. Nance is getting paid. "I really am. I'm a Cleveland guy at heart". I want to thank Dan, Koby and our coaching staff for believing in me and my potential.
Playing an National Basketball Association game of relevance for the first time in 277 days, shaking off rust was always going to be a part of the process for the 27-year-old.
"Losing the best player in the world, we're going to have a fresh start", the forward said.
"I would say good luck with that".
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.
"It's still early. It's only the first game". Cleveland fell behind early in the game, but it managed to scrape back to bring the score within single digits with several minutes left to go. The second-round sweep last spring was the final straw for team president Masai Ujiri, who fired coach Dwane Casey and then unceremoniously jettisoned DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl to the Spurs for Leonard and Danny Green.
The Cavaliers will open the regular season Wednesday against the Raptors.
"Those guys look like they have been part of this team for a while", he said.
The season didn't start pretty for the Toronto Raptors. Cavs star LeBron James may be gone, but another Northeast Ohio native has committed to staying with the Cavs long-term. "That's the style we want to play, everyone's involved that way, I think everyone has fun playing that way".
Boston continued its recent domination of the Sixers with a 105-87 victory as 5-point home chalk in Tuesday's season opener and now embarks on a 13-game stretch that features nine road contests, starting with Friday night's Celtics vs. Raptors betting matchup at Scotiabank Arena. In previous years, a player slamming the ball to the ground may have been overlooked.