Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard faces his ex-teammates on the Toronto Raptors Monday for the first time since he helped bring Toronto its first NBA Finals title in June.
Leonard, 29, opted to return to his home city in free agency last summer after his one memorable year spent with the Raptors. His signing with the Clippers gave Los Angeles its second star-studded team, and so far his three-year contract has paid off: The Clippers are 6-3 to start the season and Leonard (29 points, 5.4 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game) is performing as well as he ever has.
The Raptors aren’t performing so poorly without No. 2 around this season, though. They’re off to an even hotter (7-2) start through nine games. Forward Pascal Siakam (27.4 points, 3.7 assists and 9.4 rebounds per game) has drastically improved as the team’s new primary scoring option. 2018-19’s depth players — like OG Anunoby — are stepping out of Leonard’s shadow and logging key minutes.
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That brings us to Monday’s cross-conference matchup as the Clippers host the Raptors at the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Toronto lost key players Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to injuries last week against the Pelicans, but Siakam, Anunoby and co. will still expect to play a competitive game against Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Raptors vs. Clippers as Kawhi Leonard faces his old team for the first time since they won the 2019 NBA Finals. Follow along below.
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Tipoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. Live updates will begin at that time.