Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Raptors' Leonard out again vs. Jazz

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Kristopher Love | 06 November, 2018, 06:18

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled out of Sunday night's 121-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers with a sore left foot.

The loss was bad and in that loss LeBron James had his worst game as a member of the Lakers.

Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 for the Lakers, who are 4-6 after their first 10 games with James after this defeat on the tail end of a back-to-back set that began with a gritty win in Portland on Saturday night.

On their home court, the Lakers succumbed to the firepower of Raptors' roster, trailing 42-17 after 12 minutes. I feel healthy now, and they just don't want to rush into things.

"They just came out and hit us right in the mouth". "We got a W, and I'm happier now than scoring a lot of points [in a loss]". "At the point of attack we allowed them to get where they wanted to go, however they wanted to go to start the game. We tried to explain that that's part of how this works, but it doesn't seem like we took that to heart".

But Raptors coach Nick Nurse said before the game that Leonard would sit and that second-year forward OG Anunoby would start in his place.

In seven games as a Raptor, Leonard is averaging 26.1 a night to go along with 7.6 rebounds. Nurse doesn't know whether Leonard will play Monday at Utah. Denzel Washington, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine, Kristen Bell and Odell Beckham Jr. were among the celebrities attending the game.

"They have been playing like they are the best team in the Eastern Conference so far", James said, per ESPN, of Toronto (9-1), who were led by 34 points from Serge Ibaka.