Gregg Popovich 'Felt Badly' Spurs Fans Booed Kawhi Leonard

Gregg Popovich 'Felt Badly' Spurs Fans Booed Kawhi Leonard

DeMar DeRozan finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 125-107 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Thursday to win their third straight game and fourth in their past five.

Leonard helped lead the Spurs to an National Basketball Association championship in 2014 while being named Finals MVP, but played just nine games last season with some rather mysterious injury issues, leading many to believe he, in some way, "quit" on the team.

However, while Spurs fans let Leonard hear it with boos in his first return to San Antonio, his relationship with head coach Gregg Popovich seems to be far from a negative one.

The Toronto Raptors will be without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry on Thursday when they take on the San Antonio Spurs.

'Media does a great mind to stir people's minds and to influence them to think a certain way. We all make decisions in our lives with what we're going to do with our futures, and he has that same right as any of us. For his part, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points, on 10/14 shooting. "So, I felt badly, honestly". I kind of admired his game and told him I'd been watching him and could see he's been getting better and better.

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DeRozan became the first Spurs player to record a triple-double at home since 2003, when Tim Duncan accomplished the feat.

Considering how the Warriors were able to take the lead before the final possession, Harden's game-winner was poetic justice. DeRozan made the free throw amid chants of "MVP! He's doing everything for us", Gay said.

But after the video when players were announced, Leonard was met with boos from the crowd while Green received a much warmer welcome. Green ran over to and hugged Popovich prior to tipoff. And he made a bold statement by notching his first career triple-double in his first meeting against the Raptors, with whom he spent his first nine National Basketball Association seasons. 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.

DeRozan is just the fifth player in National Basketball Association history to post a triple-double in his first game against a former team, according to research from Elias Sports Bureau.

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