Vegas Play of the Day: Spurs vs. Raptors

Basketball: What kind of reception can Kawhi Leonard expect in his first return to San Antonio?

Basketball: What kind of reception can Kawhi Leonard expect in his first return to San Antonio?

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard's mother was in attendance for her son's game against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night - the first time he's played there since he reportedly forced his way out of the Texas team.

This game with the Spurs and Raptors has been on everyone's mind since the huge blockbuster trade that went down this past summer.

Leonard was booed throughout the game, culminating with Spurs fans chanting "traitor" as Leonard shot free-throws in the second quarter.

In San Antonio, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters he hoped Spurs fans treated "everybody with kindness and respect".

Leonard's mom still resides in San Antonio, which is why she was at the game in the first place to support her son. 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. It doesn't matter who we're playing.

"I'm hoping one thing, I can predict or guess another", Green had said earlier in the day.

"I felt badly about it. Kawhi's a high-character guy".

Basketball: What kind of reception can Kawhi Leonard expect in his first return to San Antonio?

- Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) January 4, 2019Take the "fan" hat off for once and put the "player" hat on and see if you will still boo a player...

It wasn't much fun for Leonard and the Raptors, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped in inglorious fashion. "If I can just get some popcorn and watch it, I would, but I might have to play". "I wasn't on the end kind of how (DeRozan's trade) went down".

"I have no ill will towards him, nothing at all", DeRozan said.

Green, who is expected to get a warm reception by Spurs fans, was looking forward to San Antonio. "So I already knew that's how it was going to be".

"Haircut. I'm going to get my hair cut, get some food, might see some friends and family, might be doing a podcast later, we'll see", he said.

"I think he has something to prove all year, not just there", Green said. However, it sure seemed like he completely quit on the team previous year because he wanted out.

Man City v Liverpool
It's the third of January, it's a very important game for both teams and I would use it as motivation for the other team'. Guardiola insists City will keep fighting for the Premier League title no matter what happens on Thursday evening.

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