Breaking: Kawhi Leonard is still good at defense.
During Wednesday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics, Leonard confirmed the fact he’s a strong defender, making an incredible play to come back and block an Al Horford shot from behind:
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— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) December 15, 2016
We also got to see him make one hell of a play at the other end of the floor, part of San Antonio’s eventual 108-101 victory.
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— Project Spurs (@projectspurs) December 15, 2016
Man, I am so jealous of those in San Antonio that have the pleasure of watching Leonard on a nightly basis. What a stud. Leonard might have gotten beaten initially on the defensive play, but the adjustment was just outstanding. And that drive and layup, my goodness.
Looking at the bigger picture, you have to think Leonard was trying to show his worth on Wednesday, especially on the defensive end. On Tuesday, some were pointing out that the Spurs are worse on defense when the guy who’s won the last two-time defensive player of the year awards is on the floor.
While the statistics might show such evidence, I’d still take Leonard on the floor when my team needs a stop. There’s a chance he could make a play like that. The spectacular blocks aren’t uncommon for him, either, as we saw a few nights ago:
Keep racking those up, and the doubters will get a lot quieter.