After sharing the summer’s greatest commerce, it is finally time. The Raptors and Spurs match to the first of 2 match ups tonight in the AT&T Center, a stadium that has not been kind to Toronto — they have lost their past nine matches there — and probably will not be to their celebrity player.
Yes, Thursday is the long-awaited yield of Kawhi Leonard into San Antonio. Following a year of disconnected communicating circling Leonard’s shoulder injury, one which was largely lost because he separated himself from the group, it is improbable Kawhi will come across any friendly faces one of those that he visits tonight of that his previous head trainer in Gregg Popovich.
For his role, Leonard seems prepared to demonstrate his former trainer wrong. He is coming from a career-high 45 points against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, only his third career 40-point match in the regular season and playoffs. He is also averaging 30.8 points and shooting 51.9% during the previous 14 games.
What I am saying is: all indications point to Kawhi being really up with this matchup.
Although this matchup will not be emotionally impactful for both as February 22 in Toronto, it is going to continue to be intriguing to watch DeRozan play with the opposing group, in different colours.
Also up in the air is if DeRozan will have to perform with his friend Kyle Lowry. Even though Lowry is TBD and the staff is optimistic because of his return, it is too early to see that the tight-lipped Raptors company. Far better follow that narrative as the afternoon continues.
Here is the facts, then we will get to exactly what you ought to watch for outside the enticing Kawhi-Pop steak.