First impressions in opener versus Toronto Raptors

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However, in Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Raptors, referee Kane Fitzgerald hit the former UCLA stand-out with his first "T" of the season.

The Cavs had until 6 p.m. Monday to reach the deal with Nance, who will earn $2.27 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. And, he is just beginning his second season with the Cavaliers.

Nance averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his 27 appearances in the regular season for Cleveland, and they clearly see him as an important piece for the future. We've just got to keep pushing. "We had a personality who was a huge leader in LeBron James, who brought it every single day, who put his time in, and was very vocal, and continued to grow in his sense as a leader".

"I feel like there's no pressure on us". He's expected to share starting duties this season with Tristan Thompson as coach Tyronn Lue plans to match up with the other team's big men.




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. "There were a lot of whistles, a lot of stoppage, we sent them to the line a little bit too much and gave up a few too many offensive rebounds". "That's the expectation of the experts". WKSU's Mark Arehart talked with sports commentator Terry Pluto about Larry Nance Jr. and the deal he signed this week.

"Those guys look like they have been part of this team for a while", he said. In previous years, a player slamming the ball to the ground may have been overlooked. Whether that is directed at the opposing team or used as motivation to take control of the offense will depend on the night, but it's certain that Love needs to step up in a major way for a team that is in the midst of a transitional period. "I wish I could have stayed more because it's such a happy and carefree and joyous occasion being there at school".

The NBA has made it known that this sort of behavior will result in a technical foul going forward.

"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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