Spurs blast Raptors as Kawhi returns to San Antonio

Elena Summers
January 5, 2019

Fans were angry that Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that yielded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto for him and Danny Green. Previously, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors after falling out with the Spurs. "Everybody is anticipating the game".

"You get lost in the game itself and you don't really hear a whole lot that's going on", Nurse said.

"We keep saying that all of these games are preparing us for later on down the road, so I hope it's wild and noisy and a close game and all those things that can help us grow as a team".

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan recorded his first career triple-double Thursday night, collecting his 10th assist of the evening on a pass to LaMarcus Aldridge to go along with the 19 points and 12 rebounds he had already tallied. So it doesn't matter what we say.

"I don't speak for other people, but I hope that we'll treat everybody with kindness and respect", said Popovich.

Leonard also spoke to San Antonio assistant coach Chip Engelland as well as former teammates Patty Mills, Bryn Forbes, Derrick White and Rudy Gay following Toronto's loss, according to ESPN. 'Kawhi's a high-character guy. Leonard requested a trade after he was reportedly unhappy with how the Spurs dealt with his rehab from injury.


And that might be the best thing to come of the night. "We'll see tonight, I don't know". "I could predict or guess another", said Danny Green. If not for the media, Leonard seems to think it wouldn't have gone that way.

Even in a small sample, it's wild how the presence of Green does that much for Toronto in Kawhi-centric lineups.

DeMar DeRozan took his game to new heights in his first contest against a Raptors organization he spent his first nine National Basketball Association seasons with. I left a team, and it was not good blood there.

"I told him it was about time", Popovich said.

The mood will be much different when DeMar DeRozan returns to Toronto on February 22, of course. "You've got to love to play in that type of atmosphere, whether it's at home or on the road".

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