NBA Playoffs: San Antonio Spurs Game 1 Player Grades

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Kawhi Leonard

This wasn’t exactly the playoff performance of Kawhi Leonard that fans were hoping for, but he did manage to record a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

His defense lacked throughout the first three quarters, where he would have a strong defensive presence on one defensive possession, then on the next, he would have a defensive lapse.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Leonard decided to turn it on defensively by making some crucial defensive stops in the crunch time. Including a great strip against Nowitzki that lead to the ball hitting off the German’s leg and rolling out of bounds.

Offensively, Leonard made some questionable decisions. He was matched up against Monta Ellis a vast amount of time, which to my surprise, he didn’t take full advantage of. And who saw that incredibly awkward open lean-in three pointer with seven seconds on the shot clock deep in the fourth quarter?

After some film time, I think Kawhi Leonard will bounce back for a better Game Two.

Grade: C+/B-

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