Kawhi Leonard named to All-NBA Defensive Second Team

Leonard is the first Raptor ever to make an All-Defensive team with Danny Green and Pascal Siakam missing the cut this time out. The NBA announced its two annual All-Defensive teams today, and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard made the second team as a forward.

Congratulations to Kawhi Leonard on being named to the 2018/19 All-Defensive Second Team! #WeTheNorth | @Raptors pic.twitter.com/NIT6XXrkF2— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) May 22, 2019

Leonard is — almost unbelievably — the first Toronto Raptor to ever make an All-Defensive squad.
Leonard led the Raptors with 1.8 steals per game and was second on the team with 7.3 rebounds (a career high); he also contributed 3.4 defensive win shares, second on the team behind Pascal Siakam.
This is Leonard’s fifth All-Defensive team selection; he has three first-team selections. This year he received five first team votes, and 29 second team votes, for a total of 39 points.
Leonard’s teammates Siakam and Danny Green both narrowly missed making the squad; Green actually received more votes than Leonard — 19 first and 28 second, for 66 total points — but faced stiff competition in the guard category. Siakam finished with 24 points in the forward category. Kyle Lowry also received three second-team votes. That four Raptors received votes, and four finished …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

Five thoughts on last night’s Game 4: Raptors 107, Magic 85

Playoff Kawhi is real, and he’s a Toronto Raptor. The Raptors completed the rare (for them) back-to-back road playoff win streak, plus the rare (for them) three-game playoff win streak, and are coming home with the never-before accomplished (for them) 3-1 series lead.
That’s a big night!
The team is firing on all cylinders, Kawhi Leonard is a beast, Pascal Siakam is a revelation, Kyle Lowry is running the show and Marc Gasol is anchoring the defense. Even the bench was decent last night.
It’s all happening just like Masai Ujiri drew it up.
Let’s get to the thoughts:
Overcome a Rough Start? Check
The Raptors had opened each game of the series quite well up to last night, taking early leads in each (and big leads in Games 2 and 3. Last night it was a different story, as they committed to two turnovers and a foul in the first 90 seconds, and found themselves down 5-0 before they’d even gotten a shot off. They then proceeded miss three straight, as the Magic started 6-for-6, and were down 9-1.
In the past I might have been worried. Heck, in the past the Raptors themselves might have been …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ