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Expect Raptors' Kawhi Leonard to get booed in return to San Antonio

05 January, 2019, 06:57 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Basketball: What kind of reception can Kawhi Leonard expect in his first return to San Antonio?

"It's a waste of our time".

Green came to Toronto with Leonard in the trade for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick last July, but it's unlikely he'll receive the same vitriol as Leonard. Here's what fans had to say about the game.

"I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears wearing that jersey, believing in something, and I put a lot of work in here", Leonard said Thursday morning before the Raptors had their final preparation prior to meeting the Spurs in one of the most highly-anticipated games of the season. "So I felt badly, in all honesty". "We'll see tonight, I don't know".

He made good on his words, finishing Thursday night with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and, most importantly, a big 125-107 Spurs victory.

The Spurs continues to be competitive - because death, taxes and Spurs - but if you look at the return for both teams, it's not even close.

"Hoping that it will be a warm welcome back to San Antonio", Mills said. "This one is gonna be cool too to have Kawhi, and obviously Danny back".

For much of the early part of the season, while Leonard was getting adjusted to his new teammates, the Raptors essentially had two offenses going.

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"I guess just as much anticipation as you guys have had the first three, four months of the season or so", Green said. He's been a great friend to me, and he deserves that. The diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the injury created unrepairable tension between Leonard and the Spurs.

Fans felt Leonard was a traitor for selling out San Antonio that quickly.

"Media does a great job to stir people's minds and influence them to think a certain way", Leonard said, via TSN. I'm hoping one thing. "That's what I expect".

Toronto was without Kyle Lowry, who missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain.

DeRozan, who is averaging 22.9 points, indicated he likely will feel different when he returns to Toronto as a visiting player for the first time on Feb 22.

"I've seen how he's changed his years, and now he's become more of a complete player".




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