May 23, 2019, 11:12 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard was something else on Thursday night, leading the Raptors with 35 points, seven boards and nine assists despite not being 100 percent in Game 5.
It was Leonard's show in this one and he really took control of this game down the stretch. The Raptors have a chance to close this out on Saturday and earn a trip to the NBA Finals with Leonard leading from the front.
May 23, 2019, 12:33 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
When speaking to reporters, coach Nick Nurse didn’t sound overly concerned about Kawhi Leonard having his regular impact saying, “I don’t think Kawhi is in a position where if you don’t double-team him, he’s not going to make baskets. I think he’s fine.”
In what was at the center of a high profile he-said-she-said debate with the Spurs and members of Leonard’s camp last year, Leonard’s thigh issues are cropping up again this series. Anyone watching the series can see that Leonard is playing at less than 100 percent, but he’s going to continue battling through the issue with a trip to the Finals on the line.
Source: Mike Ganter on Twitter
May 22, 2019, 11:41 amKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Danny Green never believed Kawhi Leonard was anything but legitimately hurt last year and back-to-back brilliant performances the last two games reinforces how serious the injury was.
“He’s playing through pain,” Danny Green said to a handful of reporters, long after Leonard left the locker room. “He can’t even celebrate baskets because of how painful it is.” For the last couple games Kawhi has dragged around his right leg like there was a nail hammered into it while the Raptors won’t admit there is a problem. Toronto’s bench was brilliant yesterday carrying the team to a victory and with Game 5 set to take place on Thursday Leonard won’t have much time to rest.
Source: Sports Illustrated
May 22, 2019, 12:04 amKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard toughed out 19 points on 13 shots in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Bucks, adding seven rebounds, one assist, four steals, two blocks and a three in 34 minutes.
Leonard looked stiff and cautious for much of this game, though he still hit 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Kawhi said that he feels good in response to a question about fatigue and his apparent leg injury. He has until Thursday night to recover a bit, but the Raptors will need as much of him as they can get as the series returns to Milwaukee.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 12:56 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
After Kawhi Leonard was the primary defender of Giannis Antetenkoumpo just 19 times through Games 1 and 2, Leonard matched up with Antetenkoumpo 41 times in Game 3 on Sunday, holding him to 1-for-9 shooting from the floor.
Leonard has been carrying the offensive load on his shoulders, but the Raptors will need him also to regularly defend one of the favorites to win the NBA MVP award. Leonard has been the backbone for this Raptors squad throughout the playoffs, and if they want to continue this run, he'll need to keep up his fantastic play.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
May 19, 2019, 10:45 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 36 points on 11-of-25 shooting in a game-high 52 minutes of action in a double overtime win over the Bucks in Game 3.
Leonard scored eight points in the second overtime to finish off the win. The Raptors have now made this a competitive series and have a chance to tie it up at two games in Game 4. Leonard shot 2-of-4 from 3-point territory and added nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block to the box score. He will continue to perform well, but the fate of the Raptors rests on the remainder of the team to continuously provide him with support on both ends of the floor.
May 17, 2019, 11:03 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard put up 31 points on 10-of-18 shooting as the Raptors got demolished by the Bucks 125-103 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday.
Leonard did not disappoint once again, but the Raptors as a whole were not playing well at all in this one. He made all 10 of his attempts from the stripe and added eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer to the box score. Leonard will show up, but the entire team will need to come through and have his back for them to come back from an 0-2 series deficit and advance to the NBA Finals.
May 15, 2019, 11:08 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard put up 31 points on 10-of-26 shooting with nine rebounds and three steals in a loss to the Bucks in Game 1 on Wednesday.
He shot just 1-of-5 from 3-point range, but he made all 10 of his attempts from the stripe. Even on his off night in terms of shooting, Leonard still led the Raptors in scoring. He carried the Raptors in their series win over the Sixers, and he will likely have to do the same against the Bucks for them to advance to the NBA finals.
May 12, 2019, 9:50 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals with 41 points and a four-bounce buzzer-beater in Sunday's Game 7.
Leonard carried the Raptors, and although things bogged down in the second half as he forced his way into a barrel of shots, nobody will remember any of that now. He ended up going 16-of-39 from the field with eight rebounds, three steals and two triples, obviously atoning for a late missed free throw with an improbable shot over Joel Embiid. Leonard finishes the series with 243 points in seven games, the most that anyone has scored dating back to 1993 when Michael Jordan had 246 in the Finals. For everything that went into this series, it boiled down the best player on the floor putting things to bed. Kawhi's series-winner can be viewed at the link below.
Source: Toronto Raptors on Twitter
May 9, 2019, 10:56 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard once again led the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 29 points to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Leonard was able to get his numbers but he did miss some wide-open threes early (ending 0-for-4), which was a harbinger of things to come for the Raptors as a whole. Kawhi's been magnificent all postseason, and we're looking forward to seeing if he somehow has another gear in Game 7. Pascal Siakam chipped in 21 points and six rebounds while Kyle Lowry had 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and three triples. Nobody else was nearly good enough as the Sixers were in control for 90 percent of the night.
May 7, 2019, 10:34 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals in Tuesday's Game 5 125-89 blowout win over the Sixers.
The 36-point win is the largest margin of victory in Raptors playoff history. Leonard's efficiency took a dip, but it was expected as he was scoring at Michael Jordan levels of efficiency and volume. He was still able to tally a double-double by halftime and has still played as the best player in this series. His 35 minutes logged were the fewest he's logged in this series thanks to the blowout nature of the game.
May 7, 2019, 5:16 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Brett Brown, the head coach of the Sixers, said Kawhi Leonard's offensive game is "complete," and that there are similiarities between Leonard and Lakers' legend Kobe Bryant's game.
It's hard to top being compared to one of the best shooting guards the game has ever seen. Leonard has been lights out this postseason and leads the playoffs in offensive effenciency up to this point. If Leanoard can continue to carry the Raptors deeper into the playoffs there may be more compliments coming his way.
Source: Michael Lee on Twitter
May 5, 2019, 6:31 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard was masterful yet again, leading the Raptors with 39 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers while going 13-of-20 from the field in Sunday's Game 4 win.
Leonard went 8-of-12 from the line and committed an uncharacteristic seven turnovers, but there is no way anyone can complain about his performance in the postseason. He bounced around defensively, covering Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick depending on which player had the hot hand at any given moment. Leonard sucked the air out of the building with a 3-pointer over Joel Embiid to put the Raptors up four with a minute to go as the finishing touch on another tremendous outing. He's been absolutely phenomenal and got enough help from his teammates to tie this series at two.
May 2, 2019, 11:06 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard did his job on Thursday with 33 points, four rebounds and three assists but the rest of the Raptors didn't really follow suit as the Sixers cruised to a win in Game 3.
Leonard played his role as the star of this team and one of the elite players in the league. Unfortunately, Pascal Siakam's help wasn't enough to pull the Raptors through and they'll need more from the role players on the roster.