For the moment, it appears as if the Cleveland Cavaliers are still waiting to get going and start the 2016-17 season.
In a 119-94 loss on Thursday against the Toronto Raptors, the Cavs found themselves down by 19 at the half and never were really in the game after that point. With LeBron James again resting - and enjoying popcorn - the team’s energy and focus ever really got to where it needed to be. For their part, the Raptors were without DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Jared Sullinger.
The Cavs, while playing starters, also did mix in players who may not be in the team when the regular season starts. Both John Holland and Toney Douglas say extended time in the first half mixed in with the Cavs’ active rotation players.
For the night, Kevin Love led the team with 19 points to go with 5 rebounds. Kyrie Irving added 13 points and 8 assists. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 25 points.
The only real lowlight of the night came when Channing Frye exited the game with a ankle injury and did not return. Per Jason LLoyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, Frye has a mild ankle sprain and will not play tomorrow in Chicago. He was already scheduled for a day off.
The Cavs continue their preseason schedule tomorrow against the Bulls. Cleveland’s next home game is on Oct. 25 for the season opener (and ring ceremony) against the New York Knicks.