Kevon Looney Will Play in NBA Finals Game 4 After Fracturing Collarbone

Arnold Nichols
June 9, 2019

Following a Game 1 loss to the Orlando Magic, Leonard's third quarter in Game 2 was a virtuoso performance, dropping 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

Then the Raptors flew home Saturday leaving a trail of destruction in the Bay Area. Golden State received 18 points from its reserves. He would be named Finals MVP for his efforts. But you just got to dig deep. He added four rebounds, an assist and two blocked shots. But it was Leonard who brought the house down in the fourth with his masterful 17-point quarter. The only other players to reach 14 were Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Hakeem Olajuwon and Allen Iverson.

Actually, hot was an apt descriptor; Green only had two games during the regular season in which he hit more than six three-pointers.

The statistics are on the Raptors' side. It could have quickly turned into a blowout, but Kawhi Leonard simply wouldn't let that happen as he led his team to an eventual 105-92 victory and a 3-1 series lead.

Friday's win was a snapshot of Leonard's might. Nothing special was said at halftime. "Took a nice shot there", he said.

Here's reality: Any Durant is better than no Durant for the Warriors right now.

Time and again during these playoffs, Leonard has delivered for Toronto.

But with the city of Toronto showing utter adulation towards Leonard and the Raptors on the cusp of on National Basketball Association championship, there is more uncertainty with respect to Leonard's free agency this summer. Cue the cyborg comparisons.

Klay Thompson, who sat out Game 3 with a hamstring injury, had 28 points to top the Warriors, who are making their fifth consecutive Finals appearance.

Green prompted laughter when he said "rattle" isn't a word in the Warriors' scouting report of Leonard. It's apparently the most severe "mild" calf strain in the history of injuries, because he hasn't played since and there's no way of knowing if that's going to change on Monday. His split with the Spurs was messy, he wasn't with the team during the post-season. Only three players who've had the luxury of that shot volume have connected on better than 42 per cent for their careers in the Finals. "I'm just here enjoying my dream, having fun".

Not that the Raptors are ready to celebrate yet. That would be because VanVleet's tooth was seen on the court before play resumed. Across the country, fans attended viewing parties.

Regina's Jurassic Park is about to get a lot bigger. And they have built enough chemistry, executed Nick Nurse's brilliant strategies, and gotten just enough help for the unstoppable Kawhi Leonard to dominate the first four games. "And if not, you still got to try to find a way".

"He played awesome", Curry said. You ought to see a Detroit game.

With almost three full days off between games, the two friends packed a tent along with groceries, a miniature portable grill and dry shampoo to get them through.

"The key was pretty much-playing defence", Leonard said. "They're going to be excited". They are now one win away from the franchise's first ever championship, while the powerhouse Warriors' season dangles by a thread.

"I wanted my teammates to stay in a rhythm and know that I'm going to give them the ball when they're open".

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