NBA rumors: Leonard considering re-signing with Raptors

The Raptors seem like they’ve an opportunity to deliver again Kawhi Leonard.

The 27-year-old star re-signing with Toronto this summer time is a “critical consideration now,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday on “The Woj Pod.”

Wojnarowski said:

“Kawhi Leonard simply felt all alongside, it was going to take the total yr to promote him on Toronto. It wasn’t going to be carried out in coaching camp or by Christmas or by the commerce deadline. However I do assume they’ve made progress with him. I feel they’ve made fairly good progress with him from the sense I’ve. They put themselves in it. And when Kawhi confirmed up there, I am undecided he imagined any future in Toronto. I do assume it is a critical consideration now.”

The Raptors acquired Leonard – together with Danny Inexperienced – from the Spurs in change for a package deal centered round DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster commerce final offseason. Leonard can choose out of his contract and change into a free agent after 2018-19.

Leonard has taken his recreation to a different stage up to now within the playoffs. He is averaging 32.Three factors and seven.7 rebounds whereas taking pictures 50% from 3-point vary.

The Raptors simply superior previous the Magic of their opening-round matchup and can enter Sport 5 in opposition to the 76ers on Tuesday with the sequence tied at 2-2.

Wojnarowski added:

“Toronto is promoting profitable on him. They can not promote geography to him, I do not assume. I do not assume they will promote climate on him. There’s nothing they will do about that. When you’ve that form of group, you promote profitable.”

Leonard has beforehand been linked to the Clippers and rival executives imagine he “likes” the group, in accordance with an earlier report from Bleacher Report . However, Leonard has been quiet about his free company plans for many of the season.

“So long as I’ve on a jersey I need to play basketball,” Leonard informed reporters in September. “I got here right here with an open thoughts. I need to do nice issues so I’ll be sure that I put my full effort on the court docket each night time.”

Sport 5 between the Raptors and 76ers will tipoff Tuesday at eight p.m ET.

Leonard explains how he stays calm in the clutch

Kawhi Leonard is having an important sequence in opposition to the 76ers.

The Raptors star flourished Sunday in his crew’s 101-96 victory. He scored a game-high 39 factors, grabbed 14 rebounds and hit some clutch photographs down the stretch.

Leonard mentioned after the sport his secret to staying cool below strain was “watching nice gamers.”

“Simply actually rising up and studying from gamers,” Leonard advised reporters. “Watching nice gamers. Seeing how they management the sport and play at their very own pace. Not attempting to be rushed by the defender.

“However I used to be lucky sufficient to be on some fairly good groups early. So I used to be capable of see defenses, go on deep playoff runs and just about set up that early. I really feel like that in all probability helped me out.”

Leonard is averaging a staggering 38 factors and 9 rebounds per sport in opposition to the 76ers. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP’s playoff efficiency has been a step up from what was arguably his finest common season thus far.

However, Leonard wanted assist to even the sequence at 2-2, and he bought that in Recreation 4. 4 of his teammates reached double-digit scoring totals and Serge Ibaka stepped up after an uncharacteristically poor evening from Pascal Siakam.

“It was fairly apparent we wanted some punch across the roster,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse mentioned. “I simply thought it was a unique mentality tonight.”

The No. 2 seed within the Japanese Convention has an opportunity to take the lead in Toronto on Tuesday.

NBA wrap: Raptors even series with 76ers

Toronto prevented digging itself into an enormous gap Sunday.

The Raptors topped the 76ers 101-96, knotting their second-round sequence at 2-2.

Kawhi Leonard torched the 76ers for a game-high 39 factors and 14 rebounds. Regardless of the struggles of Pascal Siakam, who entered the sport nursing a calf harm, Toronto prevailed.

As soon as once more, Jimmy Butler was a driving drive for Philadelphia. He completed with a team-high 29 factors and likewise snagged 11 rebounds within the shedding effort.

Butler is thought for hitting large pictures when it counts, and he did simply that on a number of events.

Nonetheless, the clutch taking pictures of Leonard down the stretch proved to be an excessive amount of.

He was introduced in to take Toronto to the subsequent stage, and it seems like he is making an attempt to just do that.

Stud of the Evening

JJ Redick totaled 19 factors and made 4 3-pointers for the 76ers.

Dud of the Evening

Siakam solely managed 9 factors on 2-of-10 taking pictures.

Spotlight

Leonard was unfazed by the stress and sank a dagger from behind the arc within the fourth quarter.

What’s Subsequent?

Warriors at Rockets – Houston defended residence court docket in Sport Three and has an opportunity to even the sequence up Monday. The Rockets squeaked by with an extra time victory within the Toyota Heart regardless of a 46-point efficiency from Kevin Durant. However, Stephen Curry in all probability will not be as dangerous down the stretch for a second consecutive sport.

Brown praises ‘stud’ Butler after 76ers even series

Brett Brown stated Jimmy Butler was the “grownup within the fitness center” as he heaped reward on the 76ers star’s efficiency towards the Raptors in Sport 2 of the Jap Convention semifinals.

Butler led the way in which with 30 factors and 11 rebounds in Toronto, the place the 76ers upstaged the Raptors 94-89 to even the second-round NBA playoff collection Monday.

The four-time All-Star managed simply 10 factors in Sport 1 however he bounced again with a double-double, which included 12 factors within the remaining quarter.

And 76ers coach Brown hailed Butler postgame, telling reporters: “This was James Butler. That was the grownup within the fitness center.

“He was only a great rock. He willed us to a whole lot of totally different conditions. He was an important teammate on the bench. He was a stud.”

In reply to Brown’s praise, Butler stated: “My identify is not James. It actually is Jimmy.”

The 76ers stormed out of the blocks in Sport 2, outscoring the Raptors 26-17 within the opening interval en path to Philadelphia’s first win in Toronto since November 2012.

It snapped a 14-game dropping streak and Butler added: “Everyone desires to color the image that we have not received right here in nonetheless a few years. I am simply glad that we got here out on high. We do not care what number of video games we have misplaced, nothing like that.”

Brown additionally praised Ben Simmons, regardless of his comparatively quiet evening when it comes to stats towards the Raptors.

Simmons tallied simply six factors, seven rebounds and 5 assists in a game-high 44 minutes however the All-Star was influential on each ends of the ground.

“I believed our protection in the beginning of the sport was virtually nearly as good because it could possibly be,” Brown stated. “I believe Ben did a very good job on (Raptors star Kawhi Leonard).

“We tried to have totally different appears to be like at occasions, the place we might double him; we did not. By and enormous, it was Ben’s project, though different folks inherited him… I believed Ben did a superb job, then you definately look down and see he has 35. He is simply an extremely gifted, versatile scorer.”

Joel Embiid, who has been battling a knee subject all through the postseason, struggled with a abdomen sickness having missed the morning shootaround in Toronto.

However Embiid performed by means of, scoring 12 factors in 32 minutes to assist the 76ers cease Leonard and the Raptors.

“There is no approach I used to be lacking this recreation,” he stated. “This recreation was actually essential to us. It does not matter what I had, I used to be going to play.”

NBA playoffs 2019 wrap: 76ers hold off Raptors

The Japanese Convention semifinal collection between the Raptors and 76ers is tied at 1-1.

After getting blown out in Recreation 1, Philadelphia got here away with a 94-89 win over Toronto on Monday at Scotiabank Area.

The 76ers regarded like they have been going to tug away as they carried a 13-point benefit into halftime and led by the identical quantity with 5:44 to play. However, the Raptors labored their method again into the sport and reduce their deficit to only one on a Pascal Siakam layup with lower than 50 seconds remaining.

Joel Embiid, nevertheless, answered with a driving layup in visitors to make the rating 92-89. He completed with simply 12 factors however scored a very powerful basket of the night time.

Danny Inexperienced then missed an open 3-pointer on the opposite finish and Tobias Harris sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

Jimmy Butler led the 76ers offensively all through the sport. He tallied 30 factors and hit a giant 3-pointer down the stretch.

Kawhi Leonard registered a game-high 35 factors for Toronto within the dropping effort.

Studs of the night time

The 76ers obtained surprising contributions from Greg Monroe and James Ennis III. The pair got here off the bench to mix for 23 factors, together with 11 rebounds, in 36 whole minutes of motion. Monroe later left the sport with an ankle damage.

Dud of the night time

Raptors ahead Serge Ibaka was 1-of-5 capturing and a minus-12 within the loss to Philadelphia.

Spotlight

Leonard with the great reduce to the basket and the slam.

What’s subsequent

Celtics at Bucks – High-seeded Milwaukee will look to bounce again in Recreation 2 on Tuesday at house after a giant loss to Boston within the opener. In the meantime, the Celtics have an opportunity to take management earlier than the collection shifts again to TD Backyard.

Embiid after Raptors loss: ‘I have to do a better job’

Joel Embiid was not completely happy together with his efficiency towards the Raptors in Sport 1 of the Japanese Convention semifinals because the 76ers fell 108-95 – however he vowed to “do a greater job” within the subsequent recreation.

“Clearly, Raptors are method higher than the Nets however we’re down. I am certain we will come again,” Embiid told reporters after the loss. “We’re now 0-1, so I am undoubtedly going to regulate, everyone’s going to regulate.

“We didn’t do job of choosing up the ball and getting again on protection and so we have got to do a greater job.”

Embiid gave credit score to Raptors stars Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam, saying they got here able to play and labored exhausting for his or her win. Leonard (45 factors) and Siakam (29) mixed to outscore Philadelphia’s beginning 5, 74-71.

“They’re actually good gamers. Their two greatest gamers confirmed up. I did not tonight,” Embiid mentioned of Leonard and Siakam. “I’ve received to do a greater job and I’ve received a variety of respect for them. These guys, they confirmed up. They did job.”

Ben Simmons agreed with Embiid and mentioned he believes the 76ers must deal with Leonard extra like Giannis Antetokounmpo to restrict his effectiveness in Sport 2 and “get the ball out of his palms.”

“I do not assume we confirmed sufficient assist,” Simmons mentioned, per NBA.com. “I feel as a staff we’ve got to deal with him just like Giannis [Antetokounmpo], come over somewhat bit extra and try to get the ball out of his palms. … Downhill he is a kind of guys that may get a bucket simply and he is a bodily man so when it comes to that, we have simply received to do a greater job.

“We simply gotta get higher, watch movie, we’ll go over the sport tomorrow and try to get higher and repair a couple of issues.”

One space of concern for the 76ers has been Embiid’s well being as he offers with a “bothersome” knee situation. When requested how he is feeling, he mentioned: “I am okay, I am good.”

Sport 2 of the sequence is ready for Monday at eight p.m. ET.