Kawhi Leonard blames media for Spurs fans booing him

Kawhi Leonard

In the most anticipated game of the season, the Spurs hosted the Toronto Raptors Kawhi Leonard. No, not at all.

And his old coach, I'm guessing, will always have a special place in his heart for Leonard for what they accomplished together. Once the Spurs were convinced that repairing things with Leonard was not going to happen, they dealt him to Toronto in a deal that landed standout shooting guard DeMar DeRozan as part of the return.

Leonard played 7 seasons with the Spurs before forcing his way out of San Antonio in a trade that brought DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto.

Green, who is expected to get a warm reception by Spurs fans, was looking forward to San Antonio. DeRozan, who has said he felt betrayed by a Raptors team that had committed to him before dealing him, had plenty of motivation heading into this game. San Antonio zoomed to a 23-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, with DeRozan producing the first triple-double of his decade-long National Basketball Association career.

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"Kawhi is a high-character guy", Popovich said, via the San Antonio Express-News.

Ironically, Danny Green, who was traded along with Leonard to the Raptors, was introduced right before Leonard and received a strong amount of cheers from the San Antonio crowd. The Raptors were in a truly hostile environment playing a very good team and, yes, it was one game out of 82 but it might prepare them for what awaits.

But DeRozan stole the thunder, becoming the first Spurs player since Tim Duncan in 2003 to record a triple-double at home. "So I felt badly, honestly", Popovich said of the booing.

The Spurs now have a record of 22-17 and are seventh place in the Western Conference.

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The Spurs started the game on fire, opening with a 34-11 run that saw the boos continue for Leonard as DeRozan was met at the free-throw line with MVP chants.

Maybe we should have seen this coming.

Five months later, DeRozan said he hadn't thought much about the matchup against his former team.

"I can't speak for him, but I know it's definitely not just another game, for sure".

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