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LeBron James reacts to Kawhi Leonard’s game-winner for Raptors vs. Sixers

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Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard hit a series-clinching buzzer-beater against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was so spectacular that even Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James only used emojis to describe it.

This is the first time since 2005 that LeBron isn’t competing in the playoffs, but he seems to be enjoying the extra time off, especially since he’s been to the NBA Finals for eight straight years prior to this season.

LeBron has been sharing his reactions in almost every intense playoff game this season, like his thoughts on the Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Houston Rockets in the second round and CJ McCollum leading the Portland Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals.

Leonard finished with 41 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. This is the first full season that he’s played since that injury he suffered back in 2017, and he has reminded the rest of the league that he can still lead a team to success.

The Raptors will be facing the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, in a series that will pit two of the best two-way forwards in the league in Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Most of Toronto’s players — particularly those coming off the bench — have struggled against Philly, so most of the offensive load had to be carried by Kawhi. The Raptors will need to figure out a way to get more contributions from the rest of the team if they want to advance to the Finals for the first time in franchise history.