As far as Kawhi goes, he had a solid 21 points shooting 8-13 from the field.
Thursday night was a big game for DeRozan as it marked the first time in his 10-season career he ever faced the Raptors, the team that originally drafted him ninth overall in 2009. No, not at all. While it was not necessarily a signature performance from the 2014 Finals MVP, his effort was certainly not the reason the Raptors fell short Thursday night.
And his old coach, I'm guessing, will always have a special place in his heart for Leonard for what they accomplished together.
The four-time All-Star finished with the first triple-double of his 10-year career, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 125-107 victory over Toronto. "Doesn't matter what we say, you're going to say whatever you want, so that's a waste of our time".
"That's why I probably don't feel it as much now, probably Toronto for sure".
Any problems Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard may have had appear to be in the past. "I'm hoping one thing, I can predict or guess another, but I'm waiting to see like everyone else". "Things like that only get me better for the long run, so it's going to be a good game".
Leonard requested a trade in June amidst reports of tension between his representatives and the Spurs' front office.
Green, who is expected to get a warm reception by Spurs fans, was looking forward to San Antonio. Leonard and Danny Green were then traded from the Spurs to the Raptors for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan in mid-July.
The problem is, DeRozan is now with San Antonio. We'll see what the fans show. "That's what I hope, that's what I expect".
"It really wasn't [anything]", DeRozan told ESPN. He did, however, say he'll likely feel different on February 22 when he finally returns to Toronto, where DeRozan played the first nine years of his career before the July trade. "I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears wearing that jersey, believing in something".
"I think he has something to prove all year, not just there", Green said.