LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Toronto Raptors striker Kawhi Leonard is out of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with his left foot sore.
Leonard closed his left foot at the end of the fourth quarter of Toronto's win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, leaving out the final game of 2:42 as a precaution. He then participated in parts of Saturday's practice at UCLA, and said there was no determination about his status for Sunday's game.
But Raptors coach Nick Nurse said before the game that Leonard would sit down and that the second-year striker, OG Anunoby, would start in his place.
"That changes us a bit," said Nurse.
The Lakers hope that the Tyson Chandler they buy can give them a very accurate size and protection in a few minutes, as well as a veteran lead.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Kawhi Leonard would continue to miss out on a consecutive game, a plan that Leonard agrees with because he is "thinking the long way."
This was Leonard's only visit to the Staples Center to play the Lakers this season – the only time fans here have had the opportunity to serenade the best two-handed league player with applause in front of them. agent next summer.
The Raptors were very cautious with Leonard at the start, and Nurse had already told ESPN after Friday's game in Phoenix that Leonard would be leaving half the team indefinitely, with half of each remaining out. of Toronto's top two this season.
There was no word on whether Leonard would be potentially available for Monday night's Utah game against Jazz.
Toronto's caution is understandable as Leonard has lost all nine games to the San Antonio Spurs last season because of tendinopathy in his right quadrant. So far this season he looked like the player he was previously with averaging 26.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals in seven games for the Raptors, shooting 50, 4 percent of the field and 44.8 percent of the 3-point range.
"I just wanted to stay healthy," Leonard said after Friday's win. "I feel healthy now, and they do not want to rush into things. Me neither.
"It's a long season so we're thinking about the long way."