Antetokounmpo, Leonard out of Monday's game

Magic Still Searching for Consistency       Clifford lectures team on importance of preparation before games

Magic Still Searching for Consistency Clifford lectures team on importance of preparation before games

The team announced that forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out against the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard is healthy, but being rested by the team.

Both teams have started the season at 6-0. He also rested on October 20 against the Wizards in the second game of a back-to-back for Toronto.

Of course, the two teams have something of a history dating back to their six-game playoff series in 2017, but changes have been plentiful on and off the court in the time since. That game was on the back-end of a back-to-back as Leonard played the night before when the Raptors defeated the Boston Celtics, 113-101. Toronto hosts the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Monday's game is on the front-end of the Raptors second back-to-back this season.

The Raptors have a busy schedule coming up, and Leonard is likely to be involved in it.

Leonard, who was limited to nine games last season due to a quad injury, is averaging 26.6 points (on 50 per cent shooting), eight rebounds, three assists and 1.6 steals this season. Point guard Fred VanVleet (toe) is questionable, while guard Delon Wright (adductor) is expected to play.

The Toronto Raptors play the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at midnight. Leonard did not make the trip to Washington in the Raptors' only other back-to-back in the early season, and later said that the all-star would not necessarily take one night off when the Raptors were scheduled for two in a row.

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