Leonard scored 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but the anger the Spurs' fans showered on him seemed to impact the MVP candidate.
That's a pretty classy move by both guys and it shows just how much they respect each other.
Kawhi Leonard blossomed into a superstar with the San Antonio Spurs. No, not at all. The Spurs have put together multiple video tributes for both Leonard and Green to celebrate their contributions to the organization, according to sources, but they're considering not running any if they anticipate an overly negative reaction from the fans at the AT&T Center to the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. DeRozan was visibly amped to face his old team and his energy was infectious - San Antonio finished the night outscoring Toronto 27-17 in transition and often made the Raptors uncomfortable playing at a faster pace.
"I think it'll be loud, like a playoff game, I assume", Green added. "I don't feel like it's going to be an emotional game, but that's right now".
It remains clear that people associated with the Spurs are not happy with the way the situation went down last season, and that includes general manager R.C. Buford, who also included Danny Green in the deal for a return of DeRozan, centre Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick.
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If there was any uncertainty in anyone's mind as to how the San Antonio crowd would react to Kawhi Leonard's return after his tumultuous departure from the Spurs, you can safely lay that to rest. He tallied 21 points, five assists and a pair of steals.
Thursday night was a big game for DeRozan as it marked the first time in his 10-season career he ever faced the Raptors, the team that originally drafted him ninth overall in 2009.
The Spurs gave reason for the fans to constantly cheer, leading by as many as 28 points against a Raptors team that has been atop the Eastern Conference for much of the season. "We'll see tonight, I don't know". "So I felt badly, in all honesty", said Popovich.
"Honestly, I wish I had something cool to say to look for it, but I haven't thought about it at all", DeRozan told reporters.