Kawhi Leonard's Mom Goes Off At A Heckling Spurs Fan During Game

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Requesting a trade is another thing.

"I guess just as much anticipation as you guys have had the first three, four months of the season or so", Green said. But the past is the past and I'm still playing.I really won't reflect on what has happened until I retire.

It's easier to joke about the pending reunion because there was nothing amusing about the breakup.

Raptors: The Spurs played a tribute video for Leonard and Green prior to the game that ended with "Thank you Danny and Kawhi".

Popovich told reporters he "felt badly about" the reception Leonard received. Spurs on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals (47.6% to 47.4%) and in 3-pointers (39.7% to 34.1%).

For a player who is known for his ultra-quiet demeanor, Kawhi Leonard's departure from San Antonio was rather controversial. Gay played 23 minutes to Popovich's surprise, who thought the 13-year veteran would miss the game with a sprained left wrist.

Fans felt Leonard was a traitor for selling out San Antonio that quickly. "Everybody is anticipating the game".

Leonard isn't anxious about the reception, saying that a negative reaction "can only make me a better player".

The trade is working out well for both teams - for now.

While the parties involved may have moved on, many Spurs fans have not.

The Spurs started the game on fire, opening with a 34-11 run that saw the boos continue for Leonard as DeRozan was met at the free-throw line with MVP chants.

"I don't speak for other people, but I hope that we'll treat everybody with kindness and respect", said Popovich.

It's worked out well for both sides - the Raptors have the most wins in the league and the Spurs are on fire right now - but as we learned on Thursday night, some bad feelings still exist for those in San Antonio. The Claw is now in Toronto and the fans in San Antonio don't have any love for Leonard anymore.

"My teammates always find openings, they knock it down and they make me look good". "He's been a great teammate, a great friend to me, he deserves that".

As seen in the tweet above, the San Antonio crowd did not welcome Kawhi back with open arms, despite the player bringing the city a championship in 2014.

Healing is an emotion DeRozan can understand.

It was also an emotional night for DeMar DeRozan, who never wanted to be traded by the Raptors. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 22.9 ppg, adding 5.9 boards and a team high 6.3 dimes per game.

"That's why I probably don't feel it as much now, probably Toronto for sure".

"I told him it was about time", Popovich said.