Raptors star Kawhi Leonard says he's recovered from flu-like symptoms
Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, right, looks looks for a shot as he is defended by Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:26PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said he's feeling better ahead of Sunday's Game 4 of Toronto's first-round playoff series against Orlando.
Leonard had an off-night in Toronto's 98-93 victory over the Magic in Friday's Game 3, scoring 16 points on 5-for-19 shooting.
Coach Nick Nurse revealed after the game that Leonard had been feeling under the weather and hadn't practised in two days, calling Leonard's performance that night "gutsy."
"Just some flu-like symptoms," Leonard said at Sunday morning's shootaround. "It doesn't mean anything. No excuses over here. That's why I didn't say anything to nobody."
Asked how he got better, Leonard said "Just hydrating."
Leonard's struggles in Game 3 came after a brilliant 37-point performance in a Game 2 rout of Orlando.
The Raptors lead the series two games to one. Game 5 is Tuesday in Toronto. Game 6, if necessary, would be back in Orlando.