Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is up/down, including Kawhi Leonard on fire

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Kawhi Leonard – Stock Up

Four weeks in a row for Kawhi featuring in this article, is that too many or am I just giving a world-class player the credit he deserves? I know my answer, pick your own.

Leonard is on the right track to what will only be his third All-Star selection, which is absurd. Kawhi is having a career-year in terms of production. This week proved to be no different, even if he only played two games.

Kawhi still isn’t playing the second leg of back-to-back games this season, but that’s not really a cause for concern. It’s nice to see the Raptors medical staff taking a measured and careful approach with Kawhi, Toronto has one of the best medical teams in the league and hopefully the way they’ve handled Leonard has built some sort of trust between the two parties heading forward.

The week started with a casual 30 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the win against Milwaukee, his eleventh 30-plus point performance of the season on 50-percent shooting. Leonard spent a lot of time at the line too, a few more calls are beginning to go his way as he attacks the paint, and he shot 12-15 from the free-throw line. Defensively, he struggled to contain Giannis but considering that he had 43 points, I don’t think anyone would have been able to deal with the Greek Freak.

Leonard had the night off against Indiana before returning against the Hawks on Tuesday night. Against Atlanta, he racked up another 30-point contest, number 12 for Kawhi. He shot 11-18 from the field and a healthy 50-percent from deep on six attempts. Leonard added another six assists, as his distribution has been great at times this season. It’s pure entertainment watching him find Siakam cutting to the basket as Leonard posts up or attacks the rim.

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Oh, by the way, Leonard got a key defensive stop late in the game after Nick Nurse switched him on Trae Young after a timeout. He also had six steals in the game, he really can do it all.