Kawhi Leonard growing into “Go-To Player”
The reigning and defending NBA Champions have put the league on notice. We will not go silently into the night. Leading the way into the playoffs is the reigning and defending NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard who has simply been on fire over a two week stretch.
“He’s been absolutely amazing,” teammate Tim Duncan said. “He’s on a tear right now, and we’re riding him. He’s not doing it the wrong way. He’s taking great shots and continuing to be unselfish, but he’s absolutely being aggressive. That’s what we need from him.”
Leonard matched his career high 26 for the second night in a row as the Spurs blew by the struggling and injured Thunder 113-88.
“No matter how you slice it, it’s not a fair fight,” Head Coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “Nobody’s going to give back the win. We’re going to take the win. I thought we played well, but you feel badly. You see Kevin in that chair out there and the other guys that are hurt and it’s not a fair fight.”
Fair fight or not, the Spurs are the hottest team in the NBA and the league has been put on notice. The Houston Rockets certainly know what is happening South of their fair city as the two teams prepare to battle tonight at the AT&T Center and Friday in Houston.
“They’re a good team playing very well right now,” Rockets Coach Kevin McHale said of the Spurs. “They’re the defending champions and they’re healthy and on a roll. It will be a great test for us, especially in San Antonio. They just got done clobbering the Golden State Warriors there. They’re playing well. I watched the game and they’re doing what the Spurs do.”+
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The defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs have been on a terror as of late winning 13 of their last 16 games, the past few of them against playoff contenders. Whether on the road or at home, the Spurs just keep on winning. The Memphis Grizzlies were their latest victim, taking a 103-89 whipping by the champs in San Antonio. The team was lead by Kawhi Leonard’s 25 and 10.
“What Kawhi did today was incredible and it was fun to watch,” teammate Manu Ginobili said.
What Leonard “did” was use huge mismatches to get just about whatever shot he wanted. Leonard went on to score 15 points in the 4th quarter on 6-7 shooting including a 3-pointer.
“We went to him and he went to himself,” head coach Gregg Popovich said. “It was little bit of both. He was rolling and he felt it.”
“I was getting the shots that I wanted,” Leonard said. “Guys were looking for me and they fell.”
The Spurs have today to rest up before taking on Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat in Miami. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets still remain so be sure to get yours now and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs in Miami!
The 2015 Rodeo Road Trip will be one to remember and hopefully a record that will stand for a long time, that is, the most losses on said Rodeo Road Trip. For the Spurs, the trip is usually a bonding period where the team gels into playoff form. This season, however, the Spurs went sub .500 for the first time with a 4-5 record. The bright spot? The last two games were won by a combined 37 points.
“We played well in some games and lost, and played well the last two nights and won,” Head Coach Gregg Popovich said after the Suns victory. “We’re starting to get in a better rhythm I think.”
For Tim Duncan, it’s all about confidence. For him as well as his team.
“We need to be confident, individually and as a team. It’s been shot for a while,” Duncan said before departing Phoenix. “We’re going to start building it back and winning some games. That’s the only way it’s going to come.”
The (re)building begins this Wednesday, March 4th as they begin a six game home stand beginning with the Sacramento Kings, whom the Spurs beat last Friday night in Sacramento 107-96. A game which Kings Coach George Karl think they should have won.
“I just think the effort, the energy and the intensity we had was first class,” Karl said Fridays game. “But the basketball IQ in the fourth quarter? I am not saying it was bad, but it sure wasn’t good.”
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