Nick Nurse: Kawhi Leonard Will Start Playing Back-To-Back Games

Kawhi Leonard of Toronto Raptors expected to play in back-to-back games in new year

Kawhi Leonard of Toronto Raptors expected to play in back-to-back games in new year

But that could soon be a thing of the past.

The Sixers defeated the Raptors 126-101 in a highly anticipated game that fell short of expectations due to the Raptors missing Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas. "I think it's a marque day to play and I think our team would like to play and I think our fans would definitely like to see us play", Nurse said. "I think, after we get here to the new year, we'll be there", Nurse said in terms of Leonard's ability to handle the quick turnaround as he recovers from a quad injury.

"No promises, but I think we're there".

Those injuries included a tweaked foot suffered in a win in Phoenix and a bruised hip suffered in a loss at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Once again, though, Frampton soaked up the pressure - although the sustained assault left him with a small cut under his left eye. While Warrington, like Frampton, signalled that victory tonight could lead to blockbuster unification bouts in 2019.

Lately, though, the Raptors are struggling more than they have at any one point this season, as they have gone just 5-6 over their last 11 contests as their schedule has gotten tougher.

It's hard to argue with the results Toronto has generated from their plan with Leonard this season.

Pascal Siakam's 26 points and 20 from Kyle Lowry helped to keep Toronto in the hunt before the Sixers ran away with the game. Toronto (25-10) still lead the eastern conference with the best record in the National Basketball Association.

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