As for whether this is a hard stretch, Rozier said, "I feel like every week is". "I think we made a few adjustments once we saw what they were doing and got to where we wanted to go and opened up the game".
Leonard played 37 minutes in first regular-season action since January 13 - the two-time defensive player of the year missed all but nine games because of a quadriceps injury in a freaky season last year in San Antonio. We have a lot of threats and a lot of talent.
"We're all very excited to step out of that role and get to show the kind of players we really are".
It would be fair to say the C's are better now with Kyrie Irving, who missed the latter loss, and Gordon Hayward in tow, but the Raptors look like they've improved, too, with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green (acquired for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl).
Kyle Wiltjer's returning player rights were sent to Canton and the rights of Kennedy Meeks and C.J. Leslie were sent to Texas in order to get the two Raptors training camp hopefuls back in the system. "We're going to need five or six guys in double figures and I think we have that ability". "His athleticism is off the charts and his positive attitude, work ethic and most importantly, his desire to be in Cleveland embodies all that we want out of our players both on and off the court".
"But as a basketball junkie, I'm just really curious to see how this all plays out". "Tonight wasn't an indication of that, but we'll get better".
The game was a bit of revenge for the Raptors after being ousted by Cleveland in three consecutive post-season runs.
"It's feeling great", Nance said.
VanVleet said the newcomers "looked great".
"It's pretty cool", Nurse said.
"I've got 81 games, baby, that's all the matters", Butler said when asked if he expects to remain with Minnesota.
"It's good to get it done".
With teams required to meet a minimum baseline of spending to to the NBA's salary floor of $98.61 million - 90 percent of the cap - you've got to put your money somewhere. Delon Wright (strained groin) didn't dress.
Collinsworth, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, played in four preseason games with the Toronto Raptors, totaling three points, four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes. The Raptors went into the halftime break up 60-47.
The 25-year-old went on to average 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds over 20 postseason games.
Nurse wasn't about to pump Stevens' tires before Friday's game, but he acknowledged that the Celtics boss has earned his rep.