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Kawhi Leonard | Forward | #2

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 230
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (15) / IND
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Kawhi Leonard posted a 41-point, 11-rebound double-double during Sunday's double-overtime win, adding three 3-pointers, five assists, three steals, two blocks and three turnovers across a season-high 45 minutes.
Leonard briefly left the game due to "left leg tightness," but after getting checked up in the locker room, he returned to the game during the fourth quarter and played through both overtime periods. It’s worth noting that it was Leonard’s right leg that gave him so much trouble last season, so this is probably nothing, although given how cautious the Raptors have been with him this season it wouldn’t be shocking to see him skip either Wednesday's game in Boston or Thursday's game against the Suns. Jan 13 - 6:15 PM

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Kawhi Leonard (hip) went to the locker room during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Wizards.

Kawhi was favoring his left hip, but kept playing for a good amount of time before eventually coming out and heading back to the locker room to get checked out. The Raptors have been up double-digits for most of the game, so it's possible he doesn't return. He put up 24 points in 27 minutes prior to his injury.
Jan 13 - 2:46 PM

Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 20 points during a 122-105 win over the Nets on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

The Raptors are back with a four-game winning streak to give them a 1.5-game cushion with the Bucks losing today. Leonard had one of his quieter games of the year, and he didn't have a made free throw for the first time since October. There's nothing to worry about here based on Leonard's January before this, averaging 31.8 points, 4.5 boards, 4.5 dimes, 3.3 steals and 1.3 treys on a 62/36/78 shooting line. The Raptors do have a back-to-back set coming up next with a game in Boston on Jan. 16 and vs. Phoenix on Jan. 17, so his fantasy owners will have to wait to see if he'll suit up for both there.
Jan 12 - 12:05 AM

Kawhi Leonard came back from his day of rest and lit up the Hawks for 31 points, four rebounds, six assists, six steals, a block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes in Tuesday's 104-101 win over the Hawks.

The day of rest apparently served him well and Leonard looked like his old self in this one. The six steals set a season high and the six dimes tied it, and he hit 11-of-18 shots for what was possibly his best game of the season. It's just too bad he can't play against the Hawks every time out.
Jan 8 - 11:23 PM

Kawhi Leonard (rest) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.

Leonard got hit with a rest day on Sunday with it being the second leg of a back-to-back set, but he'll be back in action today and will be joined in the starting unit by Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka. Go ahead and get him active.

Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not play on Sunday against Indiana on the second leg of the team's back-to-back set.

Coach Nick Nurse sounded optimistic about Leonard playing both legs of a back-to-back for the first time this season, but after playing 38 tough minutes on Saturday, he'll get the day off on Sunday against the Pacers. Hopefully he'll start playing both legs soon, but the Raptors won't want to push their star too hard. OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, and CJ Miles will see more time in Kawhi's absence.
Jan 6 - 11:05 AM

Kawhi Leonard helped lead the Raptors past the Bucks Saturday night, tallying 30 points (8-of-16 FGs, 12-of-15 FTs), six rebounds, six assists, five steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

In a matchup of the East's top two teams, the Raptors came out on top thanks in large part to the front court. Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka combined to score 85 points on the night, with the former bouncing back from a rough Thursday night in San Antonio. Having now scored 30 points or more in 11 games this season, Kawhi is expected to have the opportunity to back that up Sunday night vs. the Pacers. Should there not be any unexpected health issues, Leonard will be playing both ends of a back-to-back for the first time this season.
Jan 5 - 11:00 PM

Kawhi Leonard made his return to San Antonio during a 125-107 loss on Thursday, scoring 21 points with one rebound, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes.

He was booed throughout the game and even some traitor chants broke out, but coach Gregg Popovich and Leonard shared a hug and chat after the game. Pop put a lot of doubles on Kawhi in this game, and Derrick White was also fantastic on the defensive end against him. Subpar game aside, Leonard is coming off a career-high 45 points on Jan. 1 and had his best full scoring month of his career before that at 29.1 points per game. Leonard has cemented himself as one of the best players in the NBA.
Jan 3 - 10:45 PM

Kawhi Leonard went off for a career-high 45 points in a 122-116 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, hitting 16-of-22 shots and 13-17 free throws.

He put the Raptors on his back in the second half with 30 of his 45 points, adding six rebounds and one assist. This was just the second game with 40+ points of his career, as he beat his previous career-high of 41 points set on Jan. 21 in 2017. He's had a 32.3% usage rate since Kyle Lowry (back) went down, and this big performance is only going to increase the hype leading up to Kawhi's first game back in San Antonio on Thursday.
Jan 1 - 10:24 PM

Kawhi Leonard was held in check against the Magic on Friday during a 116-87 blowout loss, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Magic coach Steve Clifford said the team was going to throw a lot of bodies at Kawhi, and it worked with Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon holding their own to keep the Raptors to their worst FG% of the season at 29.5%. His per-36 splits with and without Kyle Lowry are very similar besides net rating, so he may not benefit too much while the All-Star Lowry is on the shelf. Leonard is still a top-five candidate per game when healthy.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:27:00 PM

Kawhi Leonard was effective during a 106-104 win in Miami on Wednesday, scoring 30 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

The Raptors can't seem to keep Leonard and Kyle Lowry on the floor together with that duo not suiting up together in a game since Dec. 9. On the year, they're at 21 games together and 15 with one of the All-Star duo out. Coach Nick Nurse said that the Raptors are expecting Leonard to play in back-to-back sets now, but we'll see about that when the Raptors have their next one on Jan. 5-6. Leonard staying on the court is really the only concern at this point.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 11:38:00 PM

Kawhi Leonard (rest) will be back in action on Wednesday vs. the Heat.

Leonard was rested on Saturday with it being the second game of a back-to-back set, but head coach Nick Nurse reiterated on Wednesday that Kawhi will likely be cleared for back-to-back sets moving forward. The Raptors next back-to-back comes Jan. 5-6, so his words will be tested at that point.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 11:50:00 AM

Coach Nick Nurse said prior to Saturday's game that he thinks Kawhi Leonard will start playing full back-to-backs come January.

"I think we are there," Nurse said. "I think, after we get here to the new year, we'll be there. No promises, but I think we're there." We've seen this movie before with Leonard, who sat out Saturday's second leg of a back-to-back for load management. This might be the most confident Nurse has been in this conversation, but until Kawhi actually plays both legs of a back-to-back set, it will just talk. His first chance will be the weekend of Jan. 5 and 6, which is the first of the Raptors' three back-to-backs of the month.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 23, 2018 11:26:00 AM

Kawhi Leonard will rest on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

It's not really a surprise after Kawhi played 32 minutes against the Cavs on Friday night with a season-high tying 37 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two triples. Coach Nick Nurse originally said there was a chance that Kawhi would be cleared for the back-to-back, but the Raptors will be cautious since they are an NBA-best 25-9. With Kyle Lowry (thigh) likely out too, there's a lot of streaming appeal from guys like OG Anunoby, Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 09:43:00 PM

Kawhi Leonard will play on Friday night against the Cavs.

It's the front end of a back-to-back set with the Raptors in Philly on Saturday for a game on NBATV. All of Leonard's games off this season have been on the road, and coach Nick Nurse said he's still not sure if Kawhi will play tomorrow. With Kyle Lowry out against a terrible Cavs defense, Leonard could be busy, but the Raptors may try to cut his minutes if they get a big lead.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 05:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Fred VanVleet
3Jordan Loyd
SG1Danny Green
2Delon Wright
3Malachi Richardson
4Patrick McCaw
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2C.J. Miles
3Norman Powell
PF1Pascal Siakam
2OG Anunoby
C1Serge Ibaka
2Jonas Valanciunas
3Greg Monroe
4Chris Boucher