The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in six games to advance to the NBA finals against the three time defending champions Golden state Warriors.
The Raptors again and again in the series overcame large deficits as they did tonight down 15 points late in the third period and outscored Milwaukie 34-16 in the fourth quarter to win there fourth game in a row to advance to the finals for the first time in franchise history The final score was 100-94.
This story is about sports, but it’s also about the real MVP of the NBA. The Raptors have had talent year in and year out.
However when the playoffs came calling they repeatedly folded. Not this year as the team took a gamble and traded the face of the franchise Demar Derozen to San Antonio for Leonard on a 1 year deal and after the season ends he will be a unrestricted free agent, and may not resign with the Raptors. Maybe?
This story is about Leonard who is a reserved person, humble yet determined, tough, smart and clutch. To me he is the real MVP.
He took a franchise that peranially collapsed in the playoffs and almost single handedly took them to the finals. He has immense talent, but moreover he is a winner and he makes his teammates better and knows how to win. That is an intangible quality that no statistics can quantify.
By the way the move to acquire savvy, smart veteran in free agency Marc Gassol turned out to be quite a profound move.
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