Nurse and the Raptors are exhausted of Leonard getting rough treatment on the floor and it not resulting in any free throws or foul trouble for the other team. "I'm gonna back my players".
Leonard, twice voted the NBA's defensive player of the year, was more reserved in his assessment on Sunday, saying he prides himself on getting on with the next play despite "very physical" opposition.
Sitting atop the Western Conference standings heading into Sunday, the Denver Nuggets welcomed the Toronto Raptors, the current No. 1 seed in the East, to Pepsi Center Sunday afternoon and won 96-85 to extend their winning streak to three games.
As far as his mention of DeMar, Lowry was referring to former Raptors and current San Antonio Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan's free agency during the summer of 2016, when DeRozan spurned other interested teams to re-sign with Toronto.
Toronto dropped to 23-9 on the season after falling to the Nuggets.
"I just thought it was time to do it", he said.
"Him going to war for you is big", the 14-year league veteran said on the eve of a visit by the Indiana Pacers.
"You can't tell me one of the best players in the league takes a hundred hits in that game and shoots four free throws", Nurse said. "We've shown teams, 'No, that's not the case.' We have more than enough players that are going to go out there and battle and compete".
Nikola Jokic led the way with 26 points and nine rebounds in the Nuggets' 95-86 victory over the Raptors. He has shot 48.7 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3-point range. "Sometimes we'll give him a lot of pressure, sometimes we won't".
Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors is aware of the stereotype that surrounds African players in the National Basketball Association.
Firstly, that the Denver Nuggets are legitimate championship contenders as they just swept the regular season series with the number one team in the East.
He's playing almost ten more minutes per game than he did past year, and his 14.4 points per game in 31 contests this season is almost double the 7.3 he averaged in 2017-18.
Also boding well is the fact that the injuries to both Lowry and Siakam, who came down on his tailbone and was still dealing with some back stiffness going into the Denver game, are not serious. "There's just some soreness".