There's only so much you can learn about a team during pre-season action especially with a new head coach trying to get players acclimated to his system and get an idea of his ideal lineup.
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.
"Those guys look like they have been part of this team for a while", he said.
"I'm one of you guys", he said.
"It's challenging mentally more so than anything, having to prepare for the game differently", Anthony said.
"And it took a little while for him to get going, but by Larry's senior year he leads them to the NCAA tournament". "That's the style we want to play, everyone's involved that way, I think everyone has fun playing that way".
Coming into the season, a flurry of questions surrounded the Cavaliers. He had an MRI Monday that showed no structural damage.
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To mark the start of the 2018/19 National Basketball Association season on Sky Sports, here's a look back at Cleveland Cavaliers star Larry Nance Jr's sit down with Jamie Redknapp in the Super Sunday studio back in August. "Made a ton of progress". I ran around, jumped, blocked a couple shots (Tuesday) so I feel good doing everything. "We've got to lock in on today, what tomorrow brings and see where we are at".
Nance is expected to share the role of starting center Tristan Thompson, who will likely be used against the bigger centers.
The game was a bit of revenge for the Raptors after being ousted by Cleveland in three consecutive post-season runs.
Can he take a step forward? In Love's first game as the lone star without LeBron James, he struggled.
"Whitest thing I could've said", Kevin Love told The Athletic after Wednesday's game. "They gave me some more energy, I felt the support, and it only fuelled me to play better".
Kawhi Leonard leads Kyle Lowry up court during Wednesday night's Raptor season opener at Scotiabank Arena.
"The Cavs wanted to get this done", Pluto said. "It's about finding a rhythm and getting games under my belt".