The Raptors, your favourite team, are on an eight-game tear right now. Their latest streak includes signature wins over the Warriors and Grizzlies. It has also featured some absolutely dynamite play from Kawhi Leonard. After an uber-successful 3-0 week, Leonard was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
The official announcement (with Paul Millsap winning in the West) is below:
For the week, Leonard put in 29.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists, while shooting 54 percent from the field, 37 percent from three, and 88 percent from the free throw line. Just for fun, Leonard chipped in four blocks, four steals, and had just three turnovers across the week’s three games.
Against the Grizzlies, Leonard got off to a bit of a slow start in that first half, but later helped Toronto make the full comeback with some stellar play-making and defense. Then, Kawhi went toe-to-toe with supernova Kevin Durant and won (yes, despite KD going for 51). And finally, he helped a Kyle Lowry-less Raptors team dunk the Cavaliers in the trash where they belong. It was a week that really ran the gamut for the Raptors and Kawhi.
This is the first time Leonard has been named the East’s Player of the Week, and obviously the first time he’s won it as a member of the Raptors (so far). He had previously won it four times as a member of the Spurs.
Congrats Kawhi — here’s to many more!