Ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas blasts Spurs fans for booing Kawhi Leonard

Ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas blasts Spurs fans for booing Kawhi Leonard

Ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas blasts Spurs fans for booing Kawhi Leonard

The win moved the Spurs to 22-17 this season while the Raptors fell to 28-12. For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard was looking to beat the team he demanded to be traded from, while DeMar DeRozan of the Spurs was looking for revenge after being traded from a team he loved.

It was a weird turn of events, to be sure. Leonard requested a trade after he was reportedly unhappy with how the Spurs dealt with his rehab from injury.

During the Raptors pregame player introductions, Spurs fans certainly didn't hold back as they rained down a healthy dose of roaring boos when Leonard's name was announced.

Fair or not, the expectation is Leonard will be booed. We'll see what the fans show.

The four-time All-Star finished with the first triple-double of his 10-year career, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 125-107 victory over Toronto. It doesn't surprise me at all, but I'm pleased for Kawhi and Danny to see them both doing well in Toronto. So, I already knew how that was going to be the way the media was'.

"It'll be a pretty rough environment on Kawhi, I imagine. At the same time, it's a competitive nature here".

Spurs fans did cheer Green enthusiastically when he was introduced. "That's what I'm looking forward to". "It was just a fun game". "Everybody's been waiting and being excited about this game".

Leonard isn't the most emotionally expressive player but he admitted he's excited to play against his former teammates.

"At times, yeah", Leonard said.

Leonard still speaks like he plays for the Spurs even though he is no longer in San Antonio. "I always expressed that", DeRozan said. "I put a lot of work in here".

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green made their long-awaited return to San Antonio Thursday and the team honored the two champions with a tribute video before tip-off. They will wait to gauge the temperature of the fan base before making that decision.

"I wanted to break every single record that was there, and be the first to do every single thing". In one of his first tweets after the trade to San Antonio, DeRozan might have had this game in mind.

Consider this: Of the 85 assists Leonard has thrown this season, 16 have been thrown to Green - the second-most of any player.

"I think he has something to prove all year, not just there", Green said. He is shooting 43.3 per cent from the field and 32.5 per cent from three-point range.

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