Title: Murphy Mailbag: Raptors-Celtics endgame, depth concerns and more
Date: November 17, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I answered some questions from stressed Raptors fans following a third consecutive loss.
As you might expect, my mentions were especially hand-wringy following the Raptors’ third consecutive loss. That it was a 123-116 overtime affair against the pseudo-rival Celtics made it all the more worse. And as the icing on the cake, the Raptors also lost a player to injury and have a back-to-back coming in Chicago tomorrow, where Bulls guard Justin Holiday is now apparently doing Klay Thompson cosplay.
So instead of trying to answer too many Twitter Qs — I still did that, because I can’t help myself and was into the beers — I thought I’d put the most common ones here and get two birds stoned at once.
Why wasn’t Kawhi Leonard on Kyrie Irving late?
Through two meetings with the Celtics, Leonard has only guarded Irving for 18 possessions, with the bulk of that responsibility being shared by Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Fred VanVleet, in that order. For Leonard, 11 of those possessions came Friday, occurring sporadically as Irving (43 points, 23 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime) got ludicrously hot or a switch demanded the change.