Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard downplays injury concern despite being bothered by leg issue in Game 3
In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Toronto Raptors star forward Kawhi Leonard favored his leg early and late in the game. But after the win which cut the Milwaukee Bucks’ series lead to 2-1, Leonard downplayed concerns.
After their double-overtime victory wherein he played 52 minutes, Leonard shared that he’s not worried about his leg. For the former NBA Finals MVP, it’s part of playoff basketball and he’ll have to play thru it.
“I mean, it’s 52 minutes and it’s in the playoffs, so you definitely feel it. When you play 30 minutes, you feel it still,” Leonard said, per the Associated Press via ESPN. “Just got to not worry about it, get my treatment and move on to the next one.”
Leonard was seen favoring the right leg early on in the game. Also, after a late-game left-handed flush on the break, Leonard seemed to grimace in pain which raised some eyebrows among Raptors fanatics. Though Leonard played, Raptors fans were on the jitters after seeing Leonard in an uncomfortable situation.
They simply cannot afford to lose Leonard against a Milwaukee Bucks squad who continue to prove why they were the best team in the regular season. Though Leonard downplayed concerns, it would be interesting to see how it will affect him as the series goes on. Will a day of rest be enough to mend his ailing leg?
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be on May 21, Tuesday, in Toronto.