After he was limited to only nine games in 2017-18 due to a quadriceps injury, the Toronto Raptors have been cautious with Kawhi Leonard all season long. He ended up playing 60 games in his first season with the Raptors, missing 22 mostly due to "load management."
With the playoffs now only days away, Leonard was asked about his thoughts on the season he has had following Toronto's season finale against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday - in which he played 23 minutes.
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The three-time All-Star said that he wasn't as healthy as he wanted to be this year but he also didn't expect the season to play out as it did.
"We did a great job, like I said before, of just attacking the problem in the beginning, during training camp, laying out the schedule, and I feel good," Leonard said. "I wasn't as healthy as I wanted to be this year, but I couldn't say I would have this type of season in the beginning of the year, you know, the way things have started and how I felt. So, you know, I'm happy.
"We're in second place and we got an opportunity to get where we want to get to."
Leonard ended up averaging a career-best 26.6 points per game this season on 49.6 percent shooting from the field and 37.1 percent from 3-point range.
He came out of the gates strong and rounded out into MVP form as the season progressed.
It sets him up well to have another strong postseason, which the Raptors will need to get as far as they're expecting to.