Adrian Benjamins and Neil Rochlani break down the three games from Thursday night. The Warriors and Raptors produce an instant classic as both Durant and Leonard have big nights. LeBron leads the Lakers to a…
December 14, 2018, 1:47 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard remains questionable for Friday's game against the Blazers.
Leonard still carries the questionable tag, but the hope is that he will be able to suit up. The missed games are an annoyance given his impact, but it's better to maintain this now than have it get to a point where he misses a large chunk of the year.
Source: Eric Smith on Twitter
December 13, 2018, 5:59 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hip) is listed as questionable ahead of Friday's contest with the Blazers.
Leonard missed the team's back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, but we got no word on the severity of the injury. The hope is that is was just precautionary and for rest purposes. We should hear more at shootaround and during pre-game warmups on Friday.
Source: Tomer Azarly on Twitter
December 12, 2018, 9:34 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
It looks like Kawhi Leonard (hip) will not be able to give it a go in Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors.
There's no need for the Raptors to rush their star back if he's not ready, so this is understandable. His owners will have to wait on updates regarding his availability for their next game.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
December 12, 2018, 9:20 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (hip) has a shot at playing on Wednesday vs. Warriors
He was listed as questionable but coach Nick Nurse "will see" if Leonard can play, making him a true game-time decision. If he can make it, then Leonard should be able to deliver solid value.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
December 12, 2018, 6:55 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.
Leonard sat out the front end of the team's back-to-back on Tuesday. This was either because the injury is a small concern or so he could play against the Warriors, we'd guess it's the latter. Watch his status as we get closer to game-time. If he does miss again, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam will fill the minutes and usage.
Source: Official NBA Injury Report
December 12, 2018, 9:02 amKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Steve Ballmer's vision is to land Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant with the Clippers on a new arena in Inglewood that could turn the team into one of the premier franchises in the league.
Even though the Clippers are having a terrific season of their own, the team is already focused on this summer when Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant both become free agents. They have cleared a path to open two max salary slots, while silently recruiting both of them by sending executives just to watch numerous Warriors and Raptors games. Kawhi is having an MVP type of season in Toronto but no one is sure about his future intentions plus he is from South California and a return to home might be appealing.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
December 11, 2018, 9:05 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Raptors coach Nick Nurse told reporters Kawhi Leonard (hip), who is dealing with a bruised hip, will sit out on Tuesday against the Clippers.
Leonard's absence should be treated as he was sitting out on back-to-backs in November, meaning OG Anunoby will get more playing time. Pascal Siakam will also get a nice increase in usage.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
December 11, 2018, 3:20 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (hip) is questionable for Tuesday against the Clippers.
Leonard hasn't sat out since the second night of a back-to-back in mid-November. If he sits then OG Anunoby should get more playing time and Pascal Siakam's usage will increase.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
December 9, 2018, 8:54 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard filled it up on Sunday against the Bucks with 20 points, eight boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a triple in the 99-104 loss.
Leonard missed a late triple to tie the game and will continue to try to deliver late in games for the Raptors. Leonard is a top-6 lock in 8-cat this season and has further upside as he's been a top-4 producer over the last two weeks. The Raptors play four times next week.
December 7, 2018, 10:59 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard had another huge game in Friday's overtime loss, picking up 32 points, three rebounds, four assists, four steals, a block and five 3-pointers.
Leonard also went 10-of-21 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. The Raptors have been a little too comfortable just dumping the ball down to him and watching him work, especially late in games, but that should even out as the group builds chemistry and Kyle Lowry breaks out of his slump. Kawhi has been able to muscle his way to first-round value and still hasn't hit his stride yet this year.
December 5, 2018, 11:21 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard cemented his MVP candidacy in Wednesday's 113-102 win over the Sixers, finishing with 36 points on 13-of-24 from the field, nine rebounds, five steals and five 3-pointers.
Leonard was a man possessed in this one and did just about everything, from snatching the ball from Ben Simmons to throwing down big jams to pretty finishes in traffic. He was also the only Raptor to make an impact from deep, as he went 5-of-6 from behind the arc while the team was just 8-of-29 as a whole. Leonard is back on his way to first-round fantasy value and still has room for improvement.
December 3, 2018, 10:38 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard didn't contribute in steals or blocks but still delivered on Monday against the Nuggets with a team-high 27 points, eight boards, two assists and a triple.
Leonard has been awesome for owners who were able to snag him at the turn of the first round in drafts this season. He's ranked as the 11th overall value in 8-cat and has some upside as his blocks numbers could improve.
December 1, 2018, 10:41 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard was all over the court in Saturday's win over the Cavs, going 11-of-21 from the field for 34 points to go with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
Leonard also hit all nine of his free throws. The Cavs cut the lead down to single digits in the second half but Leonard led a massive run and simply imposed his will on inferior competition. He got the benefit of extra usage tonight with Kyle Lowry out and continued his bounce-back campaign. It's scary to think because he's looking healthy, but he's almost certainly not all the way back yet.
November 29, 2018, 11:03 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors in their 131-128 OT win over the Warriors on Thursday with 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
Leonard undertook the challenge of dueling Kevin Durant tonight and went toe-to-toe with him. The battle between Finals MVPs did not disappoint as both players were hot tonight and showed what peak performance looked like. Kawhi is about to be cleared for back-to-back sets soon which is great because he looks fully healthy and ready to deliver some more big games.