Nick Nurse looking forward to matchup between Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Leonard and Antetokounmpo will likely be matched up against each other and Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is looking forward to watching the two superstars go at it.
Nurse on tomorrow's Kawhi-Giannis matchup: "I think they're both gonna want to go at each other a little bit… They're both talked about as the best player in the East, they're both in MVP talks. Nothing like going 1-on-1 against a guy to see where you stand."
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 8, 2018
Both Leonard and Antetokounmpo are putting up MVP-type numbers.
Leonard is averaging 26.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and shooting 49.0 percent from the floor, 39.0 percent beyond the arc and 85.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Raptors are 21-6, the best record in the NBA. After only playing in nine games last season with the San Antonio Spurs due to a lingering quadriceps injury, Leonard is showing everyone that he’s still one of the best players on the planet.
Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, is putting up 26.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. The Greek Freak has guided the Bucks to a 16-8 record, just behind the Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings. He’s only shooting 10.7 percent from the three-point line and he’s still averaging almost 27 points a night; it just shows how hard it is to stop him from getting to the rim at will with his long strides.
The Raptors and Bucks both lost on Friday, so you know Leonard and Antetokounmpo are eager to get their teams back in the win column. It should be a great matchup up in Toronto.