When the mounting friction between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs led to his getting traded away this past summer to the Toronto Raptors, both sides figured that some bad blood would remain following the split. "Everybody is anticipating the game".
"I think it'll be loud, like a playoff game, I assume", Green added.
DeRozan finished the game with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists, according to ESPN. "He's been a great teammate. It was just a fun game". "Doesn't matter what we say, you're going to say whatever you want, so that's a waste of our time". The former Celtics guard's return to Boston went much better than Leonard's trip to San Antonio, though: C's fans gave Thomas a standing ovation during Boston's January 3, 2018 matchup with his Cleveland Cavaliers.
"Kawhi is a high-character guy", Popovich said, via the San Antonio Express-News. "I could predict or guess another", said Danny Green. It's something that, in college basketball, I used to go through a lot when you'd go on the road, people would really ride certain players and things like that.
There is every possibility that Leonard gets moved on to DeRozan should the former Raptor get hot, but the thinking is Green is more than capable of taking on the challenge DeRozan presents while freeing up Leonard to use his energy on offence, where he will be counted on heavily with Lowry expected out again.
Maybe we should have seen this coming.
"I have no ill will towards him, nothing at all", DeRozan said. He did, however, say he'll likely feel different on February 22 when he finally returns to Toronto, where DeRozan played the first nine years of his career before the July trade. In the subsequent weeks following the trade, DeRozan said he wanted to gain revenge against the Raptors and that he had circled Thursday's game "twice" on the league schedule. "One of my all-time favourite point guards I ever played with, toughest competitor I ever played with, so I wish. he was able to be out there".