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13:00  14 may  2019
13:00  14 may  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Kawhi Leonard’s body language after Game 3 loss sparks concern

Kawhi Leonard’s body language after Game 3 loss sparks concern The body language of Kawhi Leonard after the Toronto Raptors’ 116-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday sparked some fan reactions. Leonard’s Raptors were beaten thoroughly, trailing almost from beginning to end. It really got away in the fourth quarter as Philly cruised to a 21-point victory. The Sixers now lead the series, 2-1. When Leonard sat down for his post-game press conference, he looked exhausted and defeated. Kawhi's body language speaks volumes pic.twitter.

Kawhi Leonard is that hero . We ’ll be replaying The Shot for years to come, savouring every bounce of the buzzer-beater to beat all buzzer-beaters. But never mind. That ’s for tomorrow. For now we celebrate the artistry of Leonard , along with the grittiness of Kyle Lowry and the determination of

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In a dark time, Kawhi Leonard is the hero we need© Rick Madonik Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard celebrates after his shot drops to win Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

We needed that. In the year of no spring, at a time when our leaders seem to be giving up on the future itself, in the grey days after yet another Maple Leafs let-down, we needed a hero.

Kawhi Leonard is that hero.

We’ll be replaying The Shot for years to come, savouring every bounce of the buzzer-beater to beat all buzzer-beaters. Thousands of words have been spilled describing it, with thousands more to follow. For us, we’ll just endorse the reaction of the great LeBron James: “!! !! !! !! !! !! !!”

Now, our expert colleagues in the sports department tell us, it gets harder. Maybe too hard for these Raptors. They’re off to Milwaukee on Wednesday and the Bucks are beasts, led by the Greek phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo. Just spelling his name is a workout in itself.

Is everyone done sleeping on Kawhi Leonard yet?

Is everyone done sleeping on Kawhi Leonard yet? LeBron James held the title for so long, at least nine years, that it’s hard to remember a time when the throne sat empty. Following a very mortal season in Los Angeles, however, it’s worth re-examining the greatest basketball player on the planet. These playoffs have provided compelling arguments for two players, in particular. One is obvious: Kevin Durant. He has been part of the conversation for five years and continues to set a new standard for 7-footers. Finally, it seems, there’s proper acknowledgement of his defense. The other has taken longer for most fans to get used to as a contender: Kawhi Leonard.

Kawhi Leonard is an American basketball player who currently plays for the NBA's Toronto Raptors. His high quality of play and cool on-court demeanor, coupled with off-the-court dramas revolving around when and where he plays, have made him a focus of jokes from the basketball community.

After a long, grueling season of Kawhi Leonard only appearing in nine games for the Spurs while Leonard participated in a week-long trip to China to host a camp at The NBA Academy Zhejiang. In his first public appearance since he stopped playing and what would turn out to be the last time fans

But never mind. That’s for tomorrow. For now we celebrate the artistry of Leonard, along with the grittiness of Kyle Lowry and the determination of Serge Ibaka, who came up big in Game 7.

We applaud the vision of Masai Ujiri and the rest of Raptor management, who stripped down the team last year and rebuilt it from scratch. Barring an utter collapse over the next week (and we know that won’t happen), their gamble has paid off.

The Raptors have made a special place for themselves in the hearts of Torontonians. You don’t have to be a sociologist to see how different a Raptor crowd is from a Leafs or Argos crowd. Basketball is a world game, and this is the team of all Toronto, of the inclusive city we keep telling ourselves we want to be.

Right now they’re writing a great new chapter. And the lead character is a hero who came along at just the right moment.

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Raptors' Green suggests Leonard has battled knee issue.
Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green may have accidentally revealed the type of injury Kawhi Leonard has been battling during the playoffs. Leonard has been hobbled at times with an apparent leg injury, though the Raptors have steadfastly refused to go into detail and say that Leonard is fine. Green, however, suggested that the star forward has been playing through some sort of knee injury en route to the NBA Finals. Listing off team injuries, Danny Green mentioned that Leonard's been dealing with a knee issue.

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