There is life after LeBron James, says Cleveland's Kevin Love

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"It's tough to balance but, at the same time, regardless of what you are doing and want to do chemistry-wise, you still have to play your game". We take a look, beginning with the starters.

"Yes, I think only because people are expecting us not to make it", he says about the playoffs. "So it's a win-win for me". I think Kawhi is doing a great job of making everyone else play around him and us figuring that out and him figuring it out along the way. Taking his time, picking his spots, picking teams apart.

"Learning that, learning where guys are cutting is going to make him more effective".

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been listed as doubtful for the season opener because of a sore right elbow.

Anthony will have to keep learning how to play when he's not on the court at the opening tip.

Raptors fans got their first taste of Nurse's fluid, versatile rotation in earnest on Wednesday night.

"We didn't play well but they had something to do with that", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said of Toronto.

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Both were in a battle for a two-way contract through the pre-season with the parent club but lost out to Montreal's Chris Boucher.

"I can only see what's in front of me right now and there's nothing I'm looking back, saying I want to get back to that level". We feel like if we're in shape, if we play physical, if we shoot the ball well, we're going to give ourselves a chance.

Another player who arguably received a longer leash than expected was Serge Ibaka. He is set to make around $9.6 million in the final year.

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. The Celtics are 12-3 SU in their past 15 meetings with NY, including a 6-2 SU mark in eight visits to Madison Square Garden, covering in five of those outings.

The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year played 37 minutes after being limited to nine games last season because of a quadriceps injury.

The Celtics may not have a single dominant player likely to get a lot of MVP consideration at this stage - although 20-year-old Jason Tatum could be heading that way - but their across-the-board talent creates a different kind of problem.

Perhaps trying to step up as a team leader or maybe craving attention after a few appearances on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians", Thompson backed off only slightly following the Cavs' last preseason game.