Raptors to rest Leonard versus Kings

NBA.com Global on Jan 23, 2019 06:02 AM
Raptors to rest Leonard versus Kings
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on October 19, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Toronto Raptors star forward Kawhi Leonard will miss his third straight game and not play today against the Sacramento Kings.

Per the NBA's official injury report for tonight, Leonard is listed as out for "rest/load management." Leonard last played for the Raptors on Jan. 16 (Jan. 17, PHL time), scoring 33 points in a 117-108 road loss to the Boston Celtics. Toronto has won its last two games -- against Phoenix on Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time) and against Memphis on Jan. 19 (Jan. 20, PHL time) -- without Leonard.

To date, Leonard has missed eight games for rest/load management reasons. He was inactive for rest/load management on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against the Grizzlies, which marked his 12th missed game of 2018-19. Leonard ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring (27.6 ppg) and has scored 30 or more points 15 times this season.

Additionally, the Raptors will also not have forward OG Anunoby (personal reasons) or center Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb) in the lineup today against Sacramento.

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