Leonard 'feeling alright' after occasional limping in Game 3
Kawhi Leonard's latest virtuoso performance for the Toronto Raptors in their double-overtime Game 3 win over the Milwaukee Bucks didn't come without some concern. Leonard appeared to tweak his right leg after landing on a first-quarter layup Sunday and visibly favored it at times afterward.
Leonard briefly left the game after the play but quickly returned. He logged a career-high 52 minutes and finished with 36 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals. He downplayed any worry postgame.
"I'm feeling alright," Leonard told TNT's Kristen Ledlow. "This is playoff basketball. Everybody's hurting so I've just got to keep fighting.''
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he believes Leonard is fine.
"It was a lot of minutes, but I think he's okay," Nurse told reporters. "There was only one time when he looked really, really tired for me."
Leonard missed 73 games for the San Antonio Spurs last season due to a severe right quad injury that eventually prompted his trade to Toronto. As a result, he played in only 60 regular-season games for the Raptors this campaign as the team focused on "load management" for the former Finals MVP.
The 27-year-old is averaging 39.3 minutes per game in the playoffs and came into Sunday's contest with a 33.5 usage percentage in the postseason.