DeMar DeRozan Scored His First Career Triple-Double Against The Raptors

Marcus Newton
January 5, 2019

Leonard spent seven seasons with the Spurs and won Finals MVP in 2014 when he helped guide the team to its fifth championship. It was worse than he expected.

"He's continuing to develop slowly but surely for us", said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse. "You go through those things a lot".

The same thing happened during introductions, as Spurs fans gave Green a standing ovation and then ramped up the boos for Leonard.

Leonard also added his two cents on his reception. "So I felt badly, in all honesty". "I'm sure they're going to be on Kawhi a little bit, they're going to show a lot of emotions, hopefully a lot of love to both of us". We all make decisions in our lives with what we're going to do with our futures, and he has that same right as any of us. So, I felt badly, honestly'.

Despite leading the Spurs to an National Basketball Association championship in 2014, many fans in the Alamo City are still upset that he wanted out of town.

Leonard still speaks like he plays for the Spurs even though he is no longer in San Antonio.

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"Yeah it was a different kind of game, it was more of a playoff atmosphere, but that's what we live for", Gay said. "You're in a zone of just trying to focus on what you're going to do".

DeRozan finished the game with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists, according to ESPN.

"It really wasn't [anything]", he said. Since that December 9 move, the Spurs have given up, on average, 101 points per 100 possessions, which is in the top three ...

"He was in high gear tonight", Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

Following the game, DeRozan told TNT's Kristen Ledlow that his approach to the game was to "go out there and have fun", crediting the "great shooters" on his team for his career night. A year after making a concerted effort to move away from isolation-based offence, they are back to throwing the ball to a star and getting out of the way, as they try to take advantage of Leonard's physical dominance. What he's provided the Raptors in this context (in addition to his overall play) is a sort of safety blanket for Leonard.

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