Toronto Raptors: 3 things to watch throughout the 2018-19 season

Arnold Nichols
October 19, 2018

"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".

Cavs All-Star Kevin Love hasn't received many technical fouls over the course of his career. The forward/center averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds and was named to the NBA's all-rookie second team.

The reigning East champion Cleveland Cavaliers - so comfortable and dominant north of the border during the LeBron James era that they should have been granted dual citizenship - looked completely overmatched and out of place sharing the court with one of the conference's elite, dropping the first game of the season, 116-104.

Rozier didn't want to get too deeply into whether the Raptors have improved with Leonard. It's all well and good to say the right things, but he's got to show the conviction to do so in games on a nightly basis. "That's what my focus is". The Raptors are far more ready to compete at a high level than Philadelphia, and this one will be in Toronto, where the Celts were waxed by 20 and 18 points last season. Three straight baskets by Jordan Clarkson pulled the Cavs within nine points.

The Cavs sliced the deficit to seven points with 3:08 to play.

The Raptors are getting one of the top players in the league in Leonard, but he hardly played last season because of a quadriceps injury.


"It's still early", Leonard said. We didn't communicate enough on the defensive end.

We project Nance as the 78th best fantasy asset this year, and-if you haven't drafted-you can generally get him several rounds after that. Our offense was also stagnant sometimes tonight. And perhaps most impressively won the game despite a 19 shot difference at the free-throw line.

"I feel like there's no pressure on us". They have so much good talent over there, just like we have. "Yeah, we've got some room for improvement, that's for sure".

The Raptors were 4-1 in exhibition games.

The Congolese native wound up finishing the game with four players from the starting lineup: Siakam, Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green (which are the four starters that I had correctly predicted).

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