Another view on last night's game from Cleveland Cavaliers blog Fear The Sword.
Some thoughts on opening night from The Globe and Mail's Michael Grange, the Toronto Star's Doug Smith, the Zan Tabak Herald, and Cleveland.com's Brian Windhorst.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski discusses the impact of Cleveland's slow start on LeBron James' future while dropping a nugget about Raptors assistant general manager Maurizio Gherardini. Apparently, Gherardini is considered Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's top choice, sources say, to eventually run the New Jersey Nets.
Normally pessimistic Dave Feschuk actually used the word 'fun' to describe last night's Raptors win. No word if the apocalypse is indeed upon us.
Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer goes Behind the Box Score and takes Cleveland's offense to task while encouraging Toronto to keep at it. Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton also weighs in on Cleveland's offensive issues, which may be attributable to Delonte West's absence or the departure of assistant coach John Kuester.
Raptors Republic asks, "Andrea, are you for real?"
Ryan McNeill from Hoops Addict with game notes and why Toronto is not content after a big win.
Check out the cartoon antics of the Raptors' starting five. First up is point guard Jose Calderon.
An interesting proposal by Denver Nuggets vice president Mark Warkentien, which was recently mailed to fellow team executives as well as to NBA headquarters, calls for a mini single-elimination postseason tournament in which the Nos. 8-15 teams in each conference would play up to three games in pursuit of the eighth and final spot in the playoffs.
Deadspin posted a handful of excerpts from David Stern's favorite book, Blowing the Whistle, by Tim Donaghy.