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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Kawhi Leonard says he's 'good' after playing through leg injury in Game 3: 'This is playoff basketball'

Kawhi Leonard
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Another Raptors' postseason win and yet another masterful performance from Kawhi Leonard.

In the thrilling double-overtime Game 3 win, Leonard finished with 36 points on 11-of-25 shooting, adding nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.

However, it appeared as though the former Finals MVP was playing through some pain in Game 3.

Even after this fastbreak dunk in double overtime, he seemed to be in some discomfort:

Despite the physical battle, Leonard played a postseason-high 52 minutes and helped the Raptors cut the series deficit to one.

"I'm feeling alright," he said in his postgame interview with TNT's Kristen Ledlow. "This is playoff basketball. Everybody is hurting. Just have to keep fighting."

Leonard certainly fought hard in Game 3, carrying the Raptors offence, while taking the assignment of guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo and playing a huge role in the Greek Freak's rough night of just 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

Post-game, Leonard declined to get into the specifics of what is hampering him, telling The Athletic's Eric Koreen: "I'm good".

Raptors' coach Nick Nurse also downplayed the injury in his post-game press conference, telling reporters: "I think he's ok. That was a lot of minutes but I think he's ok."

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