Kawhi Leonard made his return Wednesday night. And once again, the Toronto Raptors won. Their victims this time ended up being the Sacramento Kings, who fell to 6-5 after losing 114-105. And Leonard did his part, putting up 25 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in the win. Now the Raptors are 11-1, holding a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.
But Kawhi says the best is yet to come, and that’s a scary thought.
“This isn’t our ceiling,” Leonard told reporters following the game. “With me not even knowing some of the offense, we have Kyle in the game most of the time. Once I start learning the offense, I can give him a little break and let him get some easier shots. I don’t really know the offense in and out yet.”
Did you hear that, NBA fans? Despite averaging 26 points, eight rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game thus far, he says he doesn’t know the offense well just yet. That’s not scary at all. However, he makes a good point in regards to how this game went. The Raptors put up a shocking 23 turnovers Wednesday night, with Leonard accounting for five of them. They need to play better; we know that and so do they. In the meantime, though, a win is a win. And teammate Danny Green will take it.
“We were lucky to come out with this one,’” he said after the game. “You look up and down the line, the only thing we beat them in was rebounding. That’s a good sign for us, to show how good this team can be.”
That’s for sure. It also helps that despite missing Leonard for the past two games, Toronto didn’t run into any problems. Up next, they host the New York Knicks on Saturday night. If you’re the betting type, the Raptors are likely to be 12-3 following Saturday’s contest. And to think, they apparently haven’t even hit their ceiling yet.
Needless to say, the Kawhi Leonard trade is working wonders for Toronto so far.