1) Take a long look Spurs fans at your new superstar, Kawhi Leonard.
Let me tell you something San Antonio Spurs fans. It’s late and time to put the kiddies to bed because Kawhi Leonard is a grown man. It’s one thing to score 20 points to lead the team in a blowout. It’s another thing to do this on 8-9 shooting.
But it’s the ease of how he’s doing it that really gets me. We might be witnessing history here. Usually players as young as Kawhi depend solely on their athleticism to get by. I mean, take a look at Portland, who have a couple of players in Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge who is doing it and it’s not working well in the series.
Leonard has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years under the Spurs system. Now we all know that you can’t touch the floor without playing defense. Leonard is now arguably the Spurs best defender with two steals and two blocks. One of those blocks was a huge one, blocking Wesley Matthews in the last five minutes when Portland was making a run to cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter to end it.
The one telling thing you can use to tell if a young player is working on his game is shooting. When Leonard came into the league, the dude couldn’t shoot. Now he is a capable shooter. In Game two, Kawhi knocked down all four three point shots. Tony Parker has taken all of the headlines and deservedly so, but Kawhi Leonard has quietly crippled Portland in this series.