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SportsIn a dark time, Kawhi Leonard is the hero we need

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

Sixers' Simmons gets some revenge on Raptors' Leonard

Sixers' Simmons gets some revenge on Raptors' Leonard Sixers' Simmons gets some revenge on Raptors' Leonard

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

The NBA doesn't need saving. It's a booming league basking in the glow of an unfathomably lucrative TV deal, pitching a product tailor-made for the But while the NBA may not have required a hero , it got one anyway in the form of Kawhi Leonard ; a lone ranger of sorts, advancing causes wherever he's

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.

Lowry knows Kawhi needs support: 'He's doing everything he can'

Lowry knows Kawhi needs support: 'He's doing everything he can' Kawhi Leonard put the Toronto Raptors on his back in the third quarter in Game 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting to bring his team to within striking distance heading into the final frame. But with Leonard on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the Sixers went on a 9-0 scoring run to put the game to bed. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry took sole responsibility for being unable to assist his teammate. "We've got to help him," Lowry told ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "I was literally saying it during the game. We have to help him.

Kawhi Leonard is an American basketball player who currently plays for the NBA's Toronto Raptors. Kawhi Leonard is an American basketball player. 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

That 's probably due to the fact that no theme will ever live up to the "NBA on NBC's" theme, also known as "Roundball Rock," also known as that tune John While it may never return, at least we have this glorious mashup of the GOAT of sports themes and Kawhi Leonard 's awkward, viral laugh from his

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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