Leonard scored 12 points in his first game with his new team and the Raptors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-104 on Saturday night in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the preseason opener for both teams.
Leonard played 19 minutes and didn’t shoot particularly well, missing all four 3-pointers and going just 6-of-11 from the free throw line. But he played aggressively and moved well after being limited to just nine games last season for San Antonio because of a thigh injury. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP hadn’t played in a game since January.
“Yeah, you know it’s going to take time to get my rhythm, but I felt great being out there and just being able to compete,” Leonard told reporters. “It was important just for me getting acclimated to the team. Like I was saying, in game play calls, seeing what everyone does on the floor, so it was important.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.