Leonard prepares for emotional night in return to San Antonio

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However, the Spurs were able to get their revenge in the form of a 125-107 victory.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is downplaying the significance of Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio.

However Spurs coach Popovich was in no mood to revisit the circumstances of Leonard's departure on Wednesday.

One thing is for certain, though: you can put all of your money on DeRozan getting at least a slightly warmer reception than Kawhi did in San Antonio. In the subsequent weeks following the trade, DeRozan said he wanted to gain revenge against the Raptors and that he had circled Thursday's game "twice" on the league schedule.

Asked whether he expected a negative reaction when Leonard is introduced, Mill expressed optimism. But for us, it's about just trying to get better, create better habits on both ends of the floor. So it doesn't matter what we say. "I hope for one [reaction], predict and guess another".

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We know we need to defensively get better. 'We play the way that the game tells us to play, ' he added. I know the distance is big - seven points - especially because they are so solid and consistent.

"That's why I probably don't feel it as much now, probably Toronto for sure".

The nine-year Raptors legend who cemented himself as a fan favourite during his tenure in Toronto waited for his first ever game against his former squad to post his first career triple-double, overshadowing the returns of two players who helped lead the Spurs to their most recent National Basketball Association title. "I'm expecting this to be a playoff-type atmosphere in here, on the road, really loud, not very nice - the things that you will see in the playoffs". "You've got to love to play in that type of atmosphere, whether it's at home or on the road".

DeMar was asked about a scenario in which it comes down to one possession going one-on-one against Leonard, with a chance to hit a game victor. For those wondering, "Uncle Dennis" is Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard's uncle and the reference to his family member made him laugh on the bench. At 27 and just entering his prime, it's reasonable to think his ceiling is even higher than what we've seen.

"I hope they react just as well and the same that they do with any other ex-teammate that comes back", Mills said. However, it sure seemed like he completely quit on the team a year ago because he wanted out.

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