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Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard on deciding to play through pain — ‘If you can’t run, then you’re not going to be able to play’

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Toronto Raptors superstar swingman Kawhi Leonard knows about lingering leg injuries all too well after missing significant time due to such a setback in what would become his final season as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. As Leonard continues to carve up the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, it appears as though the former Spurs standout is as close to 100 percent as a player can be this deep into a season.

However, Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson encountered what appears to be a pretty significant hamstring injury as a result of Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Presumably, due to his experience with such an injury, Leonard was recently asked to comment on how difficult it is to play while banged up.

“Right now, it’s a possible five games left and about 12 days,” Leonard said, via Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News. “If you can’t run, then you’re not going to be able to play. That’s how you pretty much measure things at this time. That’s all I could really say. If you can’t run, you definitely cannot play. Just see how it goes in the first quarter. Did it get worse or not? You might be able to start the game off running, but then you might not be able to finish as good as you started just from fatigue and whatever is bothering you at that time.”

The Raptors and Warriors remain knotted at one game apiece as the ongoing series has taken a turn toward Oakland, California.