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Green came to Toronto with Leonard in the trade for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick last July, but it's unlikely he'll receive the same vitriol as Leonard.

Two days after being serenaded by chants of "M-V-P!" in Toronto, Raptors star Kawhi Leonard is about to return to an arena where fans won't be almost so kind. "Everybody's anticipating the game".

"You've got to thrive in moments like that", DeRozan said. "It's going to be a good game".

DeRozan finished with 21 points, 14 boards and 11 assists in the Spurs' 125-107 win over Toronto on Thursday in a contest that was never in doubt from the get-go. "He's been a great teammate".

"Give me some popcorn, I just want to watch it", Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge joked with a San Antonio TV station this week. So it doesn't matter what we say. I'm hoping that it will be a warm welcome back to San Antonio, a place where he has won a championship and grew up here. "So I felt badly, honestly", Popovich said of the booing.

Leonard was not about to elaborate on his departure from San Antonio - "I'm not going to discuss that here today", he said quickly and emphatically - but he knew there would be, at best, mixed reaction from fans upon his return.

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It marked the first time that Kawhi Leonard played in San Antonio since being traded to the Toronto Raptors over the course of the offseason.

Defeating one of the league's best teams is huge for the Spurs, who look to remain in the West's competitive playoff picture.

"No", Leonard said. "Media does a great mind to stir people's minds and to influence them to think a certain way".

Kawhi Leonard will be excellent in his return to San Antonio, but I'm not so sure about Kyle Lowry, who has missed a lot of time recently and will probably push himself to play tonight even if he's not 100 percent.

"It really wasn't [anything]", he said.

DeMar DeRozan took his game to new heights in his first contest against a Raptors organization he spent his first nine National Basketball Association seasons with. He did, however, say he'll likely feel different on February 22 when he finally returns to Toronto, where DeRozan played the first nine years of his career before the July trade. "I wasn't on the end kind of how (DeRozan's trade) went down".


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