The Raptors have also garnered attention on the National Basketball Association championship odds during their hot start, moving past the Lakers and Houston Rockets to trail only the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics as a +900 wager on those National Basketball Association futures.
"It's going to be very, very hard to make a game out of that when you're trying to expend so much energy trying to get back in it".
"They're playing like they're the best team in the Eastern Conference so far". Serge Ibaka stood out for Toronto in Leonard's absence, scoring 26 in the first half and finishing with 34 points on 15-of-17 shooting.
Walton said he warned the Lakers that overlooking the Raptors sans Leonard would be risky.
James added: "Second, third and fourth [quarter] we played Lakers basketball". "There is a sense of freedom and joy that comes when a top player like that - obviously you don't want him to be hurt, but there is no pressure, you play free". You don't put too much into it.
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After his maiden win at Del Mar, he went on to take the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Grade I American Pharoah at Santa Anita. In posting his 2 3/4-length victory, City of Light was paired with jockey Javier Castellano for the first time in a race.
Leonard, twice the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, left Friday night's game with a jammed foot, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. Ibaka got them by repeatedly feasting on the Lakers' porous interior defense.
Toronto took a 71-49 lead into halftime. "They came out and just hit us right in the mouth".
But despite missing four of Toronto's first 11 outings, Leonard continues to lead the team in points per game, rebounds per game, and steals per game, and has vaulted to a +650 bet on the odds to win NBA MVP, well ahead of the +950 odds he sported on opening night.
"You always just stay even keel when you come in for games or you come in for practices and you're going for film sessions, you get better then".