Kawhi Leonard discussed the impact of how the Toronto Raptors managed his minutes throughout the season, saying that he wouldn't be playing in the finals without the extra rest.
Leonard played in 60 regular season games due to a load-management plan.
"When it got bad, we ended up taking, you know, four or five games off. And, you know, if we didn't do that, I wouldn't be here right now...I don't think I'd be playing right now if I would've tried to go through that season [without it]," Leonard told ESPN's Rachel Nichols in a sit-down interview.
Leonard added that he's not distracted by his upcoming free agency, and that he's only focused on the finals.
"I'm not even thinking about signing or what team I'm gonna go to, free agency, none of that. I'm just focused on what's in front of me right now. And then, you know, once it's over, then I'll revisit everything."