Jeffrey Oppenheim

The Toronto Raptors made a blockbuster trade this past summer with trading an all-star caliber player, DeMar DeRozan, for one of the league’s best in Kawhi Leonard. DeRozan was shipped off to San Antonio while in the meantime Leonard and long time Spur, Danny Green, made their way to Toronto. High expectations would immediately come Toronto’s way once the deal was finalized. Four games into the NBA season, the Raptors are off to a league best 4-0 record. The second game of the season showed that they have what it takes to compete for the Eastern Conference Title, something that haven’t appeared in since the 2015-2016 season. They played the Celtics who were expected by many to represent the East in the Finals due to the departure of Lebron James from Cleveland. In game two of the 2018-2019 season, Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points against the Celtics to put them over the top in a 113-101 victory. Kawhi, who played only in 9 games last season due to a hamstring injury sparked criticism that he no longer was among the league’s best talents. Thus far into the following season, he’s shown that his name needs to be respected.

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