Kawhi Leonard returns to help Raptors improve to NBA-best 11-1

Kawhi Leonard returns to help Raptors improve to NBA-best 11-1

Kawhi Leonard returns to help Raptors improve to NBA-best 11-1

He is averaging 26.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 2 SPG so far this season. The Raptors dominated Los Angeles, racing to a 42-17 lead by the end of the first quarter.

"Tonight was how our offence is supposed to be played", VanVleet said.

The Raptors have been very cautious with Leonard in the early going, and Nurse already had told ESPN after Friday's game in Phoenix that Leonard would be sitting out one half of the team's back-to-backs indefinitely, having already sat out one half in each of Toronto's first two this season.

"Nobody likes to play in tight spaces, in congested spaces, so with an offence full of shooters, it's open and it's fun out there", VanVleet said.

The Raptors are off to a hot start this season. The point guard is certainly finding his shooters and has now posted nine consecutive games with 10 or more assists. After the game, Burks was so disgusted he said he had nothing to say to the media despite his scoring outburst. Toronto jumped out to a 40-10 first quarter lead, and cruised to victory.

The Raptors trailed for much of the first 20 minutes but closed the first half on an 18-6 run to take a double-digit lead into the locker room. To put that in perspective, Philadelphia led the National Basketball Association in turnovers last season with 16.3 per game. And they got into a comfort zone. In making 50.0 percent of his field goal attempts, 40.8 percent of his 3-point attempts and 81.1 percent of his free throw attempts, he now has one of the best True Shooting Percentages in the entire league.

Milwaukee, who improved to 8-1 on the season, recorded a season-high for points in a game and made a franchise record 22 threes. All those thoughts are going through the head as the game is going.

For the second time in those four missed games, Leonard's loss was offset by the loss of Utah Jazz leading scorer Donovan Mitchell.

Nemanja Bjelica was also T'd up after reacting to being called for a foul in the third, prompting the crowd to voice their displeasure with the officiating.

The Raptors have even gotten it done in the minutes Lowry has been out there without Leonard.

Jazz: Ingles dislocated his finger with 6:17 left in the game and did not return.

Without a doubt, Leonard is the important piece of Toronto's rotation.

Despite a decent - not great - outing on Wednesday, the Raptors are obviously playing at a high level and, rightfully, with a ton of confidence.

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