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Sports LeBron: Kawhi-less Raptors still one of the NBA's best

14:16  02 august  2020
14:16  02 august  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Kyle Lowry, Raptors took off the bubble wrap to compete vs. Lakers

  Kyle Lowry, Raptors took off the bubble wrap to compete vs. Lakers Toronto's point guard had a big night against LeBron and Co. as the defending champs made an emphatic return to the court.Ease into the postseason like their coach wants? Nope. They knew who was on the other end of the floor. They knew they couldn't go half-speed.

LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard both starred in Game 2 victories Monday night for their Kawhi is becoming one of the best closers in the league. “I’ve told you all year that a year ago “How about I give you something that’ s a little more tangible. LeBron creates 14 more points per game than Kawhi .

Kawhi Leonard has carried the Raptors to the brink of the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, and he' s done it less than 100% healthy. Better than LeBron James? The Raptors have a 3-2 series lead after the first road victory of the series and can advance to the NBA Finals for the

LeBron James lavished praised on the Toronto Raptors after the defending champions defeated his Los Angeles Lakers 107-92 on Saturday.

The Lakers, who are leading the way in the Western Conference, lost an 11th straight game in their rivalry with the Raptors as point guard Kyle Lowry scored 33 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds.

Toronto have not lost to the Lakers since November 2014 and, despite losing 2019 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers after their historic 2018-19 campaign, the 47-18 Raptors produced a performance that suggested they will be a serious threat in the postseason once more.

Toronto Raptors' Nick Nurse named finalist for NBA's coach of the year award

  Toronto Raptors' Nick Nurse named finalist for NBA's coach of the year award Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is a finalist for the NBA's coach of the year award. Nurse, in his second year on the job, led the Raptors to a 46-18 record before the 2019-20 season was suspended March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Raptors had the same record after 64 games in their championship 2018-19 season, but Toronto matching that feat was impressive given that superstar Kawhi Leonard left for the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency and the Raptors played through several injuries to key players in this campaign. Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer and Oklahoma City's Billy Donovan are the other finalists.

LeBron James made the NBA All-Defensive Team in six consecutive seasons from 2008-14 (five-time First Team selection, one-time In the Lakers' 103-101 victory over their LA rivals on Thursday night, James showed off the athleticism, effort and IQ that made him one of the most terrifying defensive

NBA Power Rankings: Kawhi ' s legacy, Siakam' s ascent and the upstart Suns. Ben Rohrbach. I am not about to argue that Leonard would belong in the conversation with LeBron and Jordan as one of the The wounded young Pelicans still took the Toronto Raptors to overtime on their ring ceremony

"That's a great team - exceptionally well coached, [with] championship DNA, you can never take that away from a ball club," James told reporters.

"Even before that they've got playoff-tested guys. Guys who played not just here in the NBA in big games but FIBA games as well. Marc [Gasol] has been in big games throughout his whole life it seems like.

"They're just a great team. The media may not talk about them much or give them much credit because Kawhi has gone, but players in the league definitely know what type of team they are.

"They won a championship for a reason. It wasn't just solely because of Kawhi, and obviously you're seeing that.

"They've got the two-headed monster in Fred [VanVleet] and Kyle that set the tone and their wings are extremely good in Pascal [Siakam] and OG [Anunoby].

"They've got experience in the front court, at the center position in Marc and Serge [Ibaka] and then they've got a bunch of complementary guys. They've been the team that they've been all year."

The Lakers shot a season-low 35.4 per cent from the field and went 10-of-40 with their three-point attempts.

"I think for most of the game they double-teamed Anthony [Davis] and LeBron in the post and kind of left a lot of guys open to make some shots," said Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma.

"We just didn't hit shots tonight. We got what we wanted, great shots, open shots. It was tough for us to hit them."

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