Kawhi Leonard doesn’t think it’s time for MVP chants just yet.
The 27-year-old forward scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Raptors’ 113-101 win over the Celtics on Friday. He received “MVP” chants from Toronto fans before he shot a free throw in the second half.
“It’s a little too early,” Leonard said about the praise (via Sportsnet). “It’s game two, but you know, I appreciate the support. I know they’re excited about us winning the game tonight, and I appreciate it.”
Five Raptors players reached double figures in the win and Toronto held Boston — the Eastern Conference favorites — to 40.4 percent shooting from the field. Leonard still thinks there’s room for the Raptors to improve.
“We played well and got stops when we needed to, I just felt like we could have done better,” Leonard said. “They got a lot of wide open looks. With a great team like that, they’re not going to always miss it. They got a lot of second-chance points, as well, from us not rebounding the ball.
“It’s game two for us, you know, just something to build on and move forward with.”
Toronto acquired Leonard, as well as Danny Green, from the Spurs for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan in mid-July. He has averaged 27.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in his first two games with the Raptors.