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For Kawhi, extra fun getting his shots in playoffs

the Toronto Raptors
Hall of Famers
the Eastern Conference
the Milwaukee Bucks
the Orlando Magic
O'Brien Trophy

Kawhi Leonard
Tim Duncan
Manu Ginobili
Tony Parker
Gregg Popovich
Nick Nurse
Kobe Bryant
Pascal Siakam
Marc Gasol
Fred VanVleet


Southern California

the Golden State Warriors
the San Antonio Spurs

San Diego State
San Antonio
Kawhi Leonard
Golden State

the NBA Finals
Game 1

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The New York Times
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(0:50)TORONTO -- When Kawhi Leonard was growing up in Southern California, he dreamed -- like many others -- of having the ball in his hands with the outcome on the line in the biggest of games.And as Leonard has gone through this playoff run with the Toronto Raptors, leading them to the NBA Finals and to a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven series against the Golden State Warriors, he has done exactly that.So has this run with Toronto been the most fun Leonard has had in his NBA career?"Obviously, it's a lot more fun when you're getting plays called for you and you're able to live your childhood dream in being able to shoot the ball 20 times a game," he said. His numbers -- 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists -- while great by most standards, were rather ordinary by his incredibly lofty ones, including going 5-for-14 from the field.That Leonard again was caught on camera limping at times during Thursday's Game 1 -- just as he was during the Bucks series -- was cause for concern in many quarters even after Toronto's win.The only people who seem unconcerned about the state of Leonard's health, however, are members of the Raptors themselves."Yeah, I don't think the leg trouble is much of an issue," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Saturday."And I'm expecting him to play a lot better tomorrow."Publicly and privately throughout Toronto's playoff run, the same line has been repeated: The talk of Leonard playing through an injury has been overstated by those outside the team.Kobe Bryant breaks down the performance of Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard against the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs.

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