Raptors' Kawhi Leonard Says 'I'm Good' When Asked About Possible Leg Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2019

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Kawhi Leonard said Sunday he has no concerns about his leg injury after playing a career-high 52 minutes in the Toronto Raptors' 118-112 double overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

"I'm good," Leonard told reporters. "I'm just going to keep fighting. I'm going to be playing."

Leonard appeared to be bothered by injuries to both of his legs during the game. The more concerning of the two injuries came in the first quarter when he came down awkwardly following a dunk and hurt his left leg. He later seemed to be favoring his right leg after a dunk in the second overtime. 

"It's 52 minutes, and it's the playoffs, so you definitely feel it," Leonard said of his extended playing time. "When you play 30 minutes, you feel it still. Just got to not worry about it and get my treatment and move on to the next one."

Leonard had 36 points, nine rebounds and five assists to lead the way for Toronto. It was his fourth straight game of 30 or more points and his 10th of this postseason. He is just the 15th player in NBA history to record at least 10 games of 30-plus points in the same playoffs.

"He loves this game of basketball," Kyle Lowry told ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "That's what that was. He loves basketball. To play hurt, play through anything to get wins, that's what that proved tonight."

Leonard was also instrumental on the defensive end, holding Giannis Antetokounmpo to just two points on 1-of-9 shooting during Game 3. The Raptors had largely kept Leonard off Antetokounmpo in the first two games of the series to preserve his energy.

Kawhi has shouldered the heaviest load of any player during these playoffs and has stepped up on every occasion. With only a day of rest between games in the conference finals, though, it's possible carrying the weight of the franchise on his shoulders is starting to take its toll. 

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