Kawhi Leonard: Reluctant Superstar
His metamorphosis from solid contributor to superstar has been agonizingly slow and frustrating for many. And while not completely there yet, there are those moments when he decides to dominate. Those are the moments that make it all worthwhile.
As the Blazers made their way to their locker rooms, "R.C. Buford waited for them. The Spurs' general manager and the NBA's executive of the year had positioned himself, mid-walk, off to the left side. He wanted to shake hands with each of the Portland players, and Coach Terry Stotts' staff, too."
ESPN’s Top 3 plays of the night have Mr. Leonard at the No. 1 spot.
No Parker, No Problem: Beyond the Box Score at the Oregonian, plus plenty of pictures.
According to the NBA site, the Turning Point was the Spurs started playing faster after Tony Parker went to the locker room.
As always, 48 Minutes of Hell has the Playoff Grade Book posted. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green posted an A+ effort.
Office betting pool not going according to plan: Elhassan picked the Blazers in 6.
On the Blazer’s Edge Quick-Cap, Timmay stated that "Game 5 looked incredibly familiar."
Here is a dramatic walk and music from the Spurs on the NBA’s Instagram.
One valuable lesson that the Spurs taught the Blazers, is "not to panic when an All-Star goes down."
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