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Leonard reunion will be an event, but Raps have bigger concerns

The man who would never see or face a microphone or recorder if he had his way will see his former teammates Monday as the Raptors finish off their only Los Angeles visit this year a night after taking on the Lakers.

Lowry’s absence — he’ll be out at least two weeks and likely three as he rehabs a small fracture in his left thumb — as well as that of Serge Ibaka who has a badly sprained ankle and was seeing more doctors on Sunday, has taken a lot of the lustre off this back-to-back weekend series with the Lakers and Clippers.

With everyone healthy and still fresh to start the year, head coach Nick Nurse was willing to ride his best seven or eight while the remainder earned his trust with their practice and shootaround performances.

He’s got to choose and play significant minutes a few from the group of Chris Boucher, Terrence Davis II, Matt Thomas, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers initially suggested George playing Monday night after taking part in Saturday’s practice was a “possibility.”

To date Kawhi Leonard has been holding the fort down but if the Clippers are to make any long term noise this season, they are going to need both players.

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