Video: Raptors fans shower Kawhi Leonard with ‘MVP’ chants after East Finals
MVP! MVP! MVP! pic.twitter.com/wQSzr3htfk
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 26, 2019
Kawhi deserves all the love from Canada right now after he led their beloved Raptors to the Finals for the first time in franchise history.
It was a historic scene in Toronto, as fans — not only inside the Scotiabank Arena but also outside the streets in Jurassic Park — erupted in unison when the the clock hit triple-zeroes. The buzzer signaled the end of a long 24-year wait for the Raptors.
It wasn’t an easy stroll to the finish for the Raps, as the top-seeded Bucks gave them all they can handle. Like in Game 5, Milwaukee threw an early haymaker and led by as much as 15 in the first half.
The Raptors inched closer heading into halftime, but Milwaukee mounted another 15-point lead in the third. Toronto, however, staged a massive rally late in the third and carried it over to the final period to seal the deal and secure their ticket to the NBA Finals.
As he has done all playoffs long, Leonard led Toronto with another masterful performance in Game 6. He had 27 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists, shootting 8-of-22 from the field. More than the stats, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year also provided the Raptors with outstanding defense and several hustle plays down the stretch, including a crucial offensive rebound off of his missed free throw in the closing seconds.
Leonard was absolutely spectacular in these Eastern Conference Finals. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in six games against the Bucks.
Leonard’s job isn’t done in Toronto. They now have a date with destiny, but they will have to go through the juggernaut two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors in the Finals.
Kawhi, of course, has some unfinished business with the Warriors.