The Raptors pulled again to clinch a come-from-behind victory towards the Phoenix Suns final evening, to carry their document to a shiny Eight-1. But not all the things went in accordance with plan: their talisman Kawhi Leonard was pressured to exit the sport after “jamming his foot” late within the contest, coach Nick Nurse has confirmed. Fingers crossed, however it does not seem like an excessively critical knock.
Kawhi shall be re-evaluated this afternoon to evaluate the severity of the “foot jam.” At which level, we must always know whether or not the damage will quantity to a determinable restoration interval. Kawhi left the sport with a team-high 19 factors, to associate with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes of motion. Overall, he is been averaging 27.three factors per recreation on the season.
Friday’s contest was the primary time the Raptors wavered from their cautious strategy of resting Leonard on street video games. The Raptors’ ahead has additionally been systemically dominated out of back-to-back encounters, relying solely on which of the extra video games is extra demanding of his presence.
With the win, Toronto notches the winningest begin in franchise historical past, within the span of 9 or 10 video games. The Raptors rotation did the majority of their harm towards the Suns’ in a fervent 14-2 run within the 4th quarter.
Kawhi might or will not be a part of the staff’s plans going into Sunday’s contest towards LeBron & the Lakers. We’ll maintain you posted.