SportsRaptors coach Nick Nurse expects a better game from Kawhi Leonard on Sunday
Raptors' Nurse not sweating over Kawhi's health: 'I think he's fine'
If Kawhi Leonard is ailing then the Toronto Raptors might be the world's best poker players. Leonard gutted out the Raptors' blowout win over the Milwaukee Bucks to even the Eastern Conference final at two games apiece and at times appeared both hobbled and tired. With his supporting cast picking up the slack, the superstar scored 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting in only 34 minutes of action. This came just two days after he landed awkwardly on his leg early in Game 3 and looked uncomfortable throughout the contest. But Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was quick to calm any fears that Leonard is dealing with a serious injury. "We were concerned.
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse believes NBA officials are not treating star Kawhi Leonard fairly. Nurse told reporters Sunday that he thinks it is "ridiculous" and Nurse returned to the issue later in his news conference, alleging that Leonard was "held, grabbed, poked, slapped, hit and everything"
TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard needed to continue his Michael Jordan impersonation in order for the Some linked the quiet night to Leonard ’s ongoing injury concerns, but Raptors coach Nick Nurse “And I 'm expecting him to play a lot better tomorrow.” Instead, Nurse gave credit to the Warriors for
TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors beat defending champion Golden State in Game 1 despite an off night for superstar Kawhi Leonard.
The Warriors threw the kitchen sink of defence at Leonard, who shot just 5-for-14 for 23 points in the Raptors' 118-109 victory.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse expects a different game from his star in Game 2 on Sunday.
"I'm expecting him to play a lot better tomorrow," Nurse said.
Leonard, who missed all but nine games last season with San Antonio because of a quadriceps injury, appeared to be limping at times during Game 1.
He hobbled at times during the Eastern Conference finals against Milwaukee after playing a career-high 52 minutes in a double overtime victory in Game 3.
But Nurse isn't worried about Leonard's health now, saying "I don't think the leg trouble is much of an issue."
The series shifts to Oakland, Calif., for Games 3 and 4. A Game 5, if necessary, would be back in Toronto.
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