There is no secret that Kawhi Leonard is playing some incredible basketball after his injury two seasons ago with the Spurs. Remember, he only played all of 6 games last year.
Leonard, a 2 time DPOY and 3 time All-Star, was the missing piece for the Raptors as he became the new face of the Raptors team in just one season. This season, Kawhi Leonard has showed why that he is without a doubt one of the top 5 players in the league.
It’s been revenge time for Kawhi from the season ending injury he suffered two years ago in the Western Conference Finals. Toronto has the best team that the Warriors have played this year and it shows because of the tear that Leonard has been on. Though he’s a man of few words, he is a leader as Leonard’s game does the speaking for him.
Leonard has never backed down from a challenge and is not afraid to test himself against the best. At 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and bear paws for hands, Leonard is a physical specimen who is worth all of the load management headaches. Kawhi is leading all playoff players in minutes, points, rebounds, steals, field goals and free throws.
For the series, Kawhi has been the best – and most consistent – player on the basketball court, no questions asked. With averages of 31-10-4 on 45 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range, Kawhi Leonard has controlled and disrupted the series in every way possible.
The Dynasty Killer
With the Raptors being only one game away from ending the Warriors dynasty and ending their chances at a 3 peat, it reminds me of the time Kawhi was in the same position just five years ago against the Miami Heat. The Spurs were at home in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals and ended it there. That is the same situation that Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors are in this year. The Spurs beating the Heat in that Finals resulted in LeBron James leaving Miami to go back to Cleveland. Will he break up the Warriors the same way he broke up the Heat?
Leonard’s presence is felt on both ends of the court. He is a force to be reckoned with and his game has been unstoppable against this Warriors team. Kawhi works hard, hustles, and most importantly he gets his teammates involved. There is no stopping this player and his eyes is on winning a championship for the Toronto Raptors.
He’s already ended one dynasty. Tonight, he has a chance to do it again.