Nick Nurse could have taken him out, had a conversation about maybe letting the game come to him a bit more, pointed out a thing or two he could have done differently.
Acquired from the Spurs in a July blockbuster that sent four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio, Leonard was introduced to a thunderous ovation, the final Raptors starter to have his name announced to the capacity crowd of 19,915.
Kawhi Leonard did not get off to a great start by any stretch of the imagination. They have so much good talent over there, just like we have.
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. I grew up in this building watching my dad play. "That's the style we want to play, everyone's involved that way, I think everyone has fun playing that way". Nurse said. "We've shifted a few more pieces maybe than they have, so they maybe got a little bit more time together than we do". You get a good win, it'll carry over.
"Kyle was awesome tonight", Nurse said.
Fittingly, they will open the season Wednesday night in Toronto, however with different looks.
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"From the jump, our execution wasn't there", Love said.
The son of Cavs legend Larry Nance, the younger Nance is now the lone Akron native on the team following the departure of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.
"But as a basketball junkie, I'm just really curious to see how this all plays out". Lowry and Siakam each scored five in the first as Toronto led 28-25 after one.
The Raptors took a 90-75 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Raptors shot 49 per cent on the night, but only made 20 trips to the free throw line, compared to 39 for Cleveland. The forward/center averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds and was named to the NBA's all-rookie second team.
The season didn't start pretty for the Toronto Raptors.