TORONTO (AP) — Last time Kawhi Leonard played Golden State in the playoffs, he was running the Warriors off the floor.
The only thing that stopped him that day was Zaza Pachulia’s foot, which Leonard landed on after taking a jumper in the third quarter of Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals. Before he left soon after that play with an ankle injury, he scored 26 points and San Antonio led by 23 on Golden State’s home floor.
“He was having a great game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr recalled. “The Spurs were kicking our butts.”
Leonard might even be a better player now.
And he might be on a better team. One