How to watch LeBron James vs Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors

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Then, since it would be the second night of a back-to-back for them without Kawhi playing against a full strength and angry Jazz team, I went out on a limb and pinned the Jazz as the probable winners. Leonard didn't want to go to the Raptors. Now that LeBron James is in Los Angeles while the Clippers are trying to discover themselves in a rebuild, the Lakers look that much more appealing. "They came out and just hit us right in the mouth".

But James downplayed any suggestions that there are tensions in the Lakers camp, as he said: "The coach and staff put us in a position to win and it's up to us to go and execute".

That said, back-to-back or not, the Jazz are likely in for a challenge when the team that appears to be the best in the East comes to town. Nurse doesn't know whether Leonard will play Monday at Utah.

Leonard, twice the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, left Friday night's game with a jammed foot, finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. Fans at courtside included Denzel Washington, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Ariel Winter, middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and UFC featherweight title contender Brian Ortega, who will fight Max Holloway for the belt in Toronto on December 8.

The decision deprived Lakers fans of their only chance this season to see Leonard, who could be an unrestricted free agent coveted by their team next summer. Toronto took a 41-10 lead with 2:21 still remaining in the first quarter, and Ibaka outscored the Lakers 20-17 in the opening period.



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