Toronto Raptors to rest Kawhi Leonard on Saturday vs. Washington Wizards

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Hayward is getting the night off for the second game of a back-to-back as he continues his comeback from last season's left ankle injury. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year scored 31 points while shooting 10-of-25 from the field, 2-of-5 from the 3-point line, and 9-of-9 from the free-throw line to help Toronto beat Boston by a final score of 113-101.

"It's a little early though", Leonard said after the game, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, pumping the brakes on the fans' affectionate chorus. "Each game will be progress".

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The team wants to rest Leonard, who played back-to-back games to open the season, as a precautionary measure of load management.

"Coming here playing on the road in the past, I could see how live this arena is and how amped up they get for the Raptors", Leonard continued, "So (the fans' reaction) doesn't surprise me". It can't hurt the crowd to serenade Leonard with too much love.

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