Kawhi Leonard brushes off leg injury concerns amidst Game 4 win
After the Toronto Raptors’ Game 4 victory Wednesday (Manila time) against the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102, superstar Kawhi Leonard downplays the apparent leg issues he’s been suffering. With what probably is their best performance in the Eastern Conference Finals series, the Raptors have avoided early elimination and has tied the series 2-2, partly because Leonard powered through his injury and supported his team all throughout the match. Leonard himself wants to keep an eye on their goal and is not concerned with his limping in the game.
Per Josh Lewenberg of The Sports Network, Leonard said, “I feel good. I’ll keep going and keep fighting. We have a chance to make history.”
“I mean it’s no excuses,” he explained. “We’re playing basketball and we got a win tonight.”
It seems that the injury was acquired in Game 3. After dunking past big man Giannis Antetokounmpo in the third quarter of Game 4, Leonard was clutching his leg in pain after landing. He didn’t leave the court, however; he still made his presence on the court felt through his rebounds and plays, albeit not as explosive as his previous performances this postseason.
The last thing that the Raptors want is an unhealthy Leonard. When the media voiced concerns over the leg issues, Raptors coach Nick Nurse reassured, “I think he’s fine. … He looks OK to me.” He also said that he offered Leonard an extended rest during the game itself, but Leonard refused. More details should be offered on Leonard’s health when the Raptors’ release their next injury report.
Leonard’s impressive point streak came to an end as he only recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and one steal this match. The Raptors definitely need every man, especially their star player, healthy on its bench to snatch the conference title and move forward to the NBA Finals. Now that balance has been achieved in the best-of-seven series, fans are eager to see who will come out as the contender to reigning NBA Champions Golden State Warriors. Game 5 of the Raptors VS Bucks will be held on Friday (Manila time) at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. (Janiel Abby Toralba)