Larry Nance Jr. (ankle) questionable on Wednesday for Cleveland

Carmelo Anthony's debut was biggest dud on huge NBA night

Kawhi scores 24 points as Raptors beat Cavs 116-104 in opener

Kawhi Leonard leads Kyle Lowry up court during Wednesday night's Raptor season opener at Scotiabank Arena. Leonard finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Raptors' win over the Cavs.

"And it took a little while for him to get going, but by Larry's senior year he leads them to the NCAA tournament".

Jarrett Allen may have flown under the radar in his rookie season, but he's looking to make sure that won't be the case this time around.

The Raptors also have a new coach in Nick Nurse after Dwane Casey was sacked and took over as coach of the Detroit Pistons. Getting four of five starters in double figures was nice, too. Moved to the bench in favour of Pascal Siakam, Ibaka played 27 minutes to Valanciunas' 20 despite missing his first seven shots and struggling with the defensive rotations early. Unfortunately for Cleveland, they weren't able to string together enough stops and scores to really put the pressure on Toronto.

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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.

In Houston, where Anthony linked up with pals Chris Paul and James Harden to offer yet another offensive option (albeit a redundant one) to the Rockets, it was not a smooth start. So would our players. He got a scholarship to play at the University of Wyoming.

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Louis Cardinals in 2013, Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals in 2014, Game 5 of the World Series against the Astros in 2017). Kershaw's career postseason ERA is 4.26 in 133 innings, a significant drop-off from his mark in the six months prior.

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Pluto said the Cavs had until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to finalize the extension.That's because of league rules saying a player can't renogotiate his contract if he's in the a year ago of his deal during the National Basketball Association season.

James is famous for including current and former teammates like bestie Dwayne Wade in his offseason workouts, but the veteran privately reached out to Love after their first season together in Cleveland.

Delon Wright is questionable for Toronto because of a left thigh injury. He's day to day, like everyone. The Raptors said Anunoby suffered a right orbital contusion.

What's ahead? It's never too early to start thinking about tiebreakers, is it?

Now that the megastar has taken his scoring and leadership skills to the Los Angeles Lakers, Love will begin his 11th season as the Cavs No. 1 option on offense and a senior voice in the locker room. The series victor would get homecourt advantage if a tiebreaker is needed. Tip-off inside the Target Center is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.

Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto.

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