Video: Kawhi Leonard shows raw emotion after and-1 over Marcus Smart
KAWHI NOT?? pic.twitter.com/6PUORDAheB
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 17, 2019
Kawhi not, indeed. Leonard had 33 points, but it wasn’t enough as Toronto lost in Boston, 117-108. The Raptors had clawed their way back into the game after railing by as many as 16, and even lead of a portion of the fourth quarter. However, as good as Leonard and Toronto were on Wednesday, Kyrie Irving and the Celtics were even better.
Irving had 27 points and a career-high 18 assists. He also hit several big shots in the final minutes to put the game out of reach.
With this Raptors loss and the Milwaukee Bucks’ 111-101 win against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Raptors have fallen out of first place. Toronto sits at 33-13, the second best record in the NBA—Milwaukee is 33-12.
Toronto acquired Leonard in the offseason along with fellow former San Antonio Spur Danny Green. In return, the Spurs got DeMar DeRozen and Jakob Poeltl. Leonard is averaging 27.5 points per game on just over 50% shooting. He also has averaged eight rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest.
Leonard missed all but nine games last season with a quad injury, and made it known to management that he no longer wanted to play for San Antonio. Boston was considered to be one of the favorites to win the East this season, after losing to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals without Irving or Gordon Hayward last year. Instead, their year has been marred by inconsistent play and chemistry issues. They’re currently in fifth place in the East at 25-18.