Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard admits ‘it was a great feeling’ to let out his emotion after Game 7 buzzer-beater
Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard is a robot — a silent assassin who shows no emotion to anything that he does. His stoic expression has been the subject of jokes and internet memes, making fan of his never-changing reaction. However, in Game 7, Leonard showed fans a different side of him.
After hitting the buzzer-beating, game-winning, series-clinching fadeaway jumper over Joel Embiid, Leonard let out his emotion as he celebrated with his teammates. It was undoubtedly a rare scene, especially from Leonard who was supposed to show his expressionless face and make it look like he did the shot without effort.
Leonard, nonetheless, didn’t ruin the the joyful occasion and showed how ecstatic he was for catapulting the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals.
KAWHI CALLED SERIES! pic.twitter.com/V4AIuMULNO
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 13, 2019
In his postgame presser, Leonard refuted the idea that he doesn’t show any emotion while on the court. He then pointed out that he felt great for expressing himself with his teammates following his game-winner.
Raptors' Kawhi Leonard on his response to Game 7 buzzer-beater: "I'm a guy who acts like I've been there before. Whenever it's a moment that I haven't really experienced, I'll try to show some emotion and let it come out. Tonight was one of those nights. It was a great feeling." pic.twitter.com/3AeqSJ3WG5
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 13, 2019
Leonard finished the game with 41 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. While he attempted 39 shots and only made 16, it only served as proof of his aggressiveness and desire to win.
A former Finals MVP, Kawhi knows his job is far from over. He now faces the task of leading the Raptors over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the East Finals. Here’s to hoping that Leonard will be able to provide more epic highlights and express his emotion more as he tries to guide the city to their first-ever Larry O’Brien Trophy.