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.”+