Spurs fans rain down boos on Kawhi Leonard during player introductions

DeMar DeRozan Gregg Popovich

No, not at all. While it was not necessarily a signature performance from the 2014 Finals MVP, his effort was certainly not the reason the Raptors fell short Thursday night.

And his old coach, I'm guessing, will always have a special place in his heart for Leonard for what they accomplished together.

Mills said he has remained in contact with both Leonard and Green, but sees the matchup against the Raptors as simply another game against a talented opponent. 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. Traitor!' and 'Quitter! Quitter!' from the capacity crowd that adored him during his seven seasons in San Antonio. DeRozan is the second player in National Basketball Association history with a 20-point triple-double in his first game against a former team, according to Elias, joining Guy Rodgers on October 18, 1966, against the Golden State Warriors.

In 33 minutes of action, DeRozan notched 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and he also recorded 14 rebounds and 11 assists. DeRozan is averaging just over 23 points a night, but lately has been stealing Lowry's game plan and bumping his assist totals. They were loud and relentless, and a bit cathartic for Spurs fans who have never had a player of Leonard's caliber turn his back on their team. The Raptors were in a truly hostile environment playing a very good team and, yes, it was one game out of 82 but it might prepare them for what awaits.

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The Spurs played a tribute video for Leonard and Green prior to the game that ended with "Thank you Danny and Kawhi.". "I think for both sides the guys that have been in the trade and have been moved and played for both organizations, it's definitely probably a little more".

'I felt badly about it, ' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Toronto (28-11) has spent most of the season atop the Eastern Conference but is now second behind Milwaukee (26-10) based on winning percentage. We'll see what the fans show. "It was just a fun game".

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