Age: 27 Height: 6-7 Weight: 230 lbs School: San Diego State
The Toronto Raptors have been able to win with and without their new star Kawhi Leonard in taking the first three games of the season. After being rested Saturday in a 117-113 victory over the Washington Wizards, Leonard is expected to return to the lineup Monday in Toronto when the Raptors play Kemba
Kyle Lowry was not happy with the Toronto Raptors when the team traded DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs this offseason for Kawhi Leonard. Lowry and DeRozan are best friends, and their budding romance has been a sentimental point for fans in Toronto and abroad.
Time for some overreactions. It's just one game, but the Toronto Raptors are making the NBA Finals. The Raptors' early season showdown against the Boston Celtics on Friday night showed they are a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. The arrivals of superstar forward Kawhi Leonard and
Kyle Lowry took the reins from Kawhi Leonard, scoring 28 points and 12 assists as the Toronto Raptors improved to 3-0 with a 117-113 NBA win over the Washington Wizards. With Leonard taking the night off, Lowry carried the offensive load for the Raptors, who also got 16 points from Jonas Valanciunas and never trailed by more than five points at the Capital One Arena. "We've got a spirited group that's ready to fight," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
Last season the NBA leaned in on teams resting players, particularly in high-profile, televised games. The NBA built in rest before those games to help, and teams mostly played along, but players who teams wanted to be cautious with still got their rest. The rest is starting early this season — Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, Boston’s Gordon Hayward, and Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler are all out Saturday night on the second night of back-to-backs.