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Kawhi Leonard: Raptors must ‘stay even keeled’ after Game 7 triumph

Kawhi Leonard made one of the biggest clutch buzzer-beaters in NBA postseason history on Sunday, but the Toronto Raptors star knows the team has to move on and get refocused ahead of Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Raptors were back at practice Tuesday after spending a day reveling in how Leonard capped a brilliant performance to lead the Raptors to a seven-game semifinal series win over the Philadelphia 76ers with a game-winning shot that bounced multiple times on the rim before falling through the net.

The Raptors certainly enjoyed punching their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals and a showdown with the formidable Milwaukee Bucks, but Leonard made it clear Tuesday it was time to move on despite the magnificence of the moment.

“That’s why you’ve gotta stay even keeled in this league,” Leonard said. “You don’t get too low or too high till it’s all done.”

Leonard interestingly credited experiences from his time with the San Antonio Spurs for being able to turn the page and reset after such an emotional Game 7 win.

Leonard and the Raptors face a tall order in a bid to take down the surging Bucks, and the superstar and others are fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead.

All that said, Leonard was asked if the Raptors should be viewed as underdogs heading into the series.

“I don’t think so,” Leonard said, via Yahoo Sports Canada.