It was Kawhi Leonard‘s first All-Star Game experience on Sunday night. Leonard isn’t the typical All-Star. He isn’t a guy who needs to score 25 points, grab 10 rebounds, or dish out 10 assists to impact the game immensely. Instead, Leonard does well in nearly every area. He is a lockdown defender, with a lethal midrange jumper, and a high IQ. Leonard isn’t known for highlight dunks or incredible shots, instead, he does things the “Spurs” way. The 24-year-old relies on his smarts and fundamentals to succeed on a team led by Coach Gregg Popovich.
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The Western Conference came out on top 196-173 in a game that was the complete opposite of Spurs games. Despite the Western Conference being ran by Popovich, there was no defense until the last minute. In a 20-point blowout, coach Pop brought in lockdown Draymond Green to stop Paul George from getting an All-Star record of 42 points.
Leonard was terrific despite looking like an outcast at times. He finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Leonard wasn’t like most players on this night pulling up for 30-footers or looking to create their own shot. Instead, he played a role similarly to how he plays on the Spurs.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with four points and four rebounds in 14 minutes. The 30-year-old made only 2-of-8 shots from the floor.
It was a little strange not seeing 15-time All-Star Tim Duncan in the contest.
One thing is for sure this won’t be the last time Leonard participates in this event. Overall it was a good showing from the trio that represented the Spurs and they won. Isn’t that what they usually do?