How much abuse should a professional player be willing to take from a fan?

By March 12, 2019
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    Leonard appeared to injure his leg after finishing a layup in the first half of the Raptors' Game 3 overtime win over the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.

    However, Leonard remained in the game – playing 52 minutes – and followed that up with 34 minutes of action in Toronto's 120-102 Game 4 victory on Tuesday, which tied the NBA playoff series at 2-2.  

    Nurse and the Raptors are not worried about Leonard's fitness ahead of Thursday's clash in Milwaukee.

    "He's feeling good," Nurse told reporters on Wednesday. "No concerns at this point. He's good."

    Leonard has been terrific for Toronto against the Bucks. He is averaging 29.3 points and shooting 46.1 per cent from the field through the first four games of the series.

    OG Anunoby, meanwhile, has been sidelined since undergoing an emergency appendectomy in mid-April.

    Nurse said the 21-year-old forward is still out indefinitely.

    "OG does not have a timetable for coming back," Nurse added. "He is being more active every day. … He's moving pretty good, he's shooting, etc., but still a ways away from being able to take hits and contact in the areas that he needs to test out."

    Anunoby averaged 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game in 2018-19. He is a versatile defender capable of guarding multiple positions, as well.

    Nurse also revealed Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has been playing through a hand injury.

    "It's hurt and it's sore and it causes him a lot of pain," Nurse said. "But he seems to be able to manage it through the game and do what he can do.

    "He's obviously scoring and playing great on top of the other things he always does, and we're really showing a heck of a lot of toughness and again, the spirit that he just wants to be out there and help his team any way he can."

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    Durant is expected to become a free agent after the NBA season and the two-time champion has widely been linked to the New York Knicks.

    But Durant's friend and former Oklahoma City Thunder team-mate Perkins believers the Clippers are a contender to add the 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP.

    "Don't be surprised if KD signs with the Clippers," Perkins told FS1. "Everybody keeps screaming New York but do not be surprised if KD signs [with Los Angeles]."

    The New York Times also reported earlier this week the "Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Durant away from Golden State".

    Perkins, who played with Durant in Oklahoma City from 2011-15, said his former team-mate has been impressed by Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

    Rivers coached Perkins in Boston and the pair won a championship together with the Celtics in 2007-08.

    "I don't need to help recruit [Durant to play for Rivers]," Perkins said. "He likes the organisation. He likes Doc Rivers. He loves Doc Rivers."

    Durant has not played since straining his calf in Golden State's Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semi-finals.

    The Warriors went on to close out Houston in six games before sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.

    Durant has averaged 26 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Warriors this season.

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    Giannis had 193 points – including 94 First Team votes – while Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert received 196 points, the most of any player in the NBA.

    Marcus Smart and Paul George, along with Bledsoe, completed the First Team.

    Antetokounmpo, Gobert and George are all also finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

    Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Joel Embiid, Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard made the Second Team.

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