On Tuesday, the Toronto Raptors meet the LA Clippers for the second and final time this season.
The Raptors are no longer competing for an opportunity to make the Play-In Tournament, but it'll mark Toronto's fourth time facing Kawhi Leonard since he left the franchise for the Clippers in free agency.
Leonard's time with the Raptors was brief but unforgettable, leading them to their first-ever championship in thrilling fashion in his one and only season.
Ahead of Tuesday's meeting, here's how Leonard fared against the Raptors in the previous three contests.
The highly anticipated reunion
Date: Nov. 11, 2019
Stats: 12 points (2-11 FG), 11 rebounds, nine assists, nine turnovers
In posting 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Leonard came close to recording his first career triple-double in his first meeting with the Raptors as a member of the Clippers, but he shot only 2-for-11 from the field and committed a career-high nine turnovers.
Based on Game Score, which gives "a rough measure of a player's productivity for a single game," it was Leonard's worst game of the 2019-20 season.
With OG Anunoby suffering an injury in the game's opening minutes, it was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson who served as Toronto's primary defender on Leonard. He received plenty of help, making sure Leonard saw multiple defenders all game long.
"As soon as I walked across halfcourt they tried to get the ball out of my hands," Leonard said afterwards. "They did a great job on me defending and sending an extra body. It got me better and it's going to get my teammates better."
RHJ defence- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 2019
RHJ offence pic.twitter.com/UODl1pXasO
The Clippers still managed to come away with the win, defeating the Raptors by a final score of 98-88.
An anticlimactic rematch
Date: Dec. 11, 2019
Stats: 23 points (8-14 FG), six assists, five rebounds, two steals
Leonard looked much more comfortable when the Clippers and Raptors met a month later.
In his return to Toronto, Leonard led the Clippers to a 20-point win with 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes of play. He shot an efficient 8-for-14 from the field, as well as 2-for-4 from the 3-point line and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Kawhi Leonard gets on the board in his return to Toronto!@LAClippers x @Raptors- NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/Y8YDoSWDgA
The icing on the cake? Leonard received his championship ring before the game.
Leonard averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game in Toronto's championship run in 2019, culminating in his second championship and second Finals MVP award.
"I sat in the locker room with it for a little bit, just admiring it and just remembering all the memories and all the hard work that went into it," Leonard said of his ring.
Board Man got his ring pic.twitter.com/NzUZgLM886- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 12, 2019
Taking care of business
Date: May 4, 2021
Stats: 13 points (3-6 FG), five assists, three rebounds
It was a quiet night for Leonard, but the Clippers still walked away with the win, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.
While he scored a season-low 13 points, the Clippers outscored the Raptors by 20 points in the 33 minutes Leonard was on the court. He dished out five assists, tying him with Reggie Jackson and Rajon Rondo for a team high.
"If they're going to play defense like that, then I have to trust my teammates and make the right play every time," said Leonard. "It's not about me, it's about the whole group."
KAWHI WITH THE RIGHT! 😳 pic.twitter.com/xz6iCE3o6t- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) May 5, 2021
Paul George and Marcus Morris led the Clippers in scoring with 22 points each.
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