Truly don’t care if you have an issue with the title of the post. That was the grittiest, BALLSIEST, playoff performance in Toronto sports history and the Raptors came within two OT’s from being down 3 Dick in the ECF.
Kawhi Leonard isn't worried about his injury
"This is playoff basketball. Everyone is hurting" pic.twitter.com/cKUF1Noo3h
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) May 20, 2019
Kawhi pushing through the pain, playing with a noticeable limp pic.twitter.com/UZPL16hvI7
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 19, 2019
For 45 minutes after that injury, Kawhi hooped. Nothing fancy. He played with jam when he needed to, otherwise, he managed the game perfectly. Kawhi finished with 36 PTS, 5 A, a couple of huge steals late, 9 TRB, in 52 minutes on one leg. The BALLS. Beat that, Francis.
Kawhi Leonard: "Everybody's hurt, just gotta keep playing"
Spurs fans: pic.twitter.com/9T35uTjWIh
— i. (@BoooooUWhore) May 20, 2019
Most 30+ point games through first 15 #NBAPlayoffs games in a single postseason run (last 20 seasons):
11 – Amar’e Stoudemire (2005)[per @ESPNStatsInfo] #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/cUnOjgcI0N
11 – LeBron James (2017)
10 – KAWHI LEONARD (2019)
— Ortweets™ (@carlesortiz) May 20, 2019
There’s no way the Raptors should have won this game, even with Leonard’s heroics. It felt like they had to work twice as hard for every point, leaking oil in the 4th playing street ball instead of running their offense.
KAWHI CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF ✈️ pic.twitter.com/8BUx7kSRZS
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 20, 2019
this was about my reaction to the Kawhi shot as well pic.twitter.com/Z9fj2jaaTO
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) May 13, 2019
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 20, 2019
Kawhi has been better than expected & his 2019 postseason has been a run for the ages. Averaging 32.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.2 threes, and 1.3 steals. He’s impossible to time. He’s completely unpredictable and impervious to pain. His single-minded focus on winning, not whining and lunch pale demeanour is the only thing more impressive than his God-given ability.
— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) May 20, 2019
I hate that I love Kawhi Leonard so much. I’ve haven’t felt this dependant on an athlete since Wayne in 84 and 92 and find myself watching him more than I watch the team. I can’t help it.
This is the first “best chance” the Raptors have had to win anything other than a Grey Cup (I swore I wouldn’t shit on the CFL this year), and I don’t know that Grey Cups qualify as major championships, but it definitely doesn’t compare to winning an NBA Championship.
I’m trying to soak it all in. Instead of living the emotional roller-coaster of the Raptors 2019 post-season, I’m enjoying the performance of a legit NBA superstar in my team’s jersey.
It’s easier to watch and we might not see it again.
From U.S to China, Kawhi's buzzer-beater was the shot heard around the world (🔉⬆️) pic.twitter.com/Lz865rILIy
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 13, 2019
News & Notes (ahahhhahah. Fuck. I hate when people leave ‘news and notes’ at the end of an article to clean stuff up but I get it now. It’s a cheap and easy way to wrap it up)
- Gasol wasn’t total shit. He had 16 pts and 12 boards in the win and apologized for being garbage in Gm 2. I like that man
- No one is talking about ‘Spicy P’ bricking two FT to ice the game with seconds left. I know you love him but let’s put that on front street.
- The officials are shit. Again. Clearly biased and I know that’s going to piss Millard off, but it’s true. Kyle and Norm both fouled on out non-fouls, but so did Giannis in OT so it was a wash.
- Raptors D was unreal collapsing on Giannis holding him to 12 pts and 8 to.
Tuesday this series gets tied at 2’s. After that, just watching Kawhi. Less stressful that way. But really though, what happened?
— Shug McSween (@ShugMcSween) May 20, 2019