KAWHI LEONARD, NAILS pic.twitter.com/GUB8dLAtZr
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) May 5, 2019
Magic’s Tweets are the greatest examples of stating the obvious. “OH Man! It’s today’s today and that’s the truth!”
I don’t know who will win the series with Toronto’s victory over Philadelphia to even it up, but I do know that Kawhi Leonard has been dominating the series and put on a show today scoring 39 points!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 5, 2019
Kawhi Leonard is Goddamed Magic.
Kawhi Leonard in the Raptors Sixers series:
Game 1: 45-11-2, 16/23 FG
Game 2: 35-7-6, 13/24 FG
Game 3: 33-4-3, 13/22 FG
Game 4: 39-14-5, 13/20 FG
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) May 5, 2019
Truth. I started writing this last night and I had to chill out for 24 cuz I was going to fanboy the shit out of the post. I’m serious too. We talked about the game in the Podcast and I’m lucky enough to do a podcast with the only fucking human who thought Kawhi’s series-saving performance was average at best.
I can’t say I like how the Raptors won because I didn’t. Iso ball and heaving 3’s scares the shit out of me because that means 1 of 2 things has happened: Nick Nurse is out of ideas or the players are forcing it. They didn’t get here forcing it.
Kawhi forcing it is different though. It reminded me of The Cavs run in LeBron’s first season back in Cleveland where 4-5 starters were injured or out for the season (Kyrie) and LeBron played every position on the floor and the entire game revolved around his pace.
I told Millard in the Pod that was the greatest performance from a Raptor, ever. Better than Vince’s 50 (they lost) better than Terrence Ross’s 50, anyone’s 40, 30 or 20 pt 20 rebound game(if there was one…I’m not looking it up and I’m loose on some of these details but as always, I’m in the ballpark and that works here, cuz it’s a BLOG).
Kawhi leonard and the whole philadelphia 76ers pic.twitter.com/cRkCcsPUu8
— kd’s burner account (@ks012345678910) May 5, 2019
Just a quick cruise through BasketballReference.com, and you can piece together a picture of where the Raptors would be without Kawhi Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard is second in offensive and defensive win share (un-fucking-real) and numero uno in player efficiency (overall rating per minute of play). The PER league average is 15. Leonard is 32.1.
Simply put, this is how you arrive at a player’s efficiency rating:
Normal, people speak?? Kawhi is the best player in the NBA playoffs by a country mile. In fact, it’s one of the best in NBA history.
Kawhi is having the best playoff series any NBA player has had in 10 years and the 6th best all-time behind 4 other HOF’rs so enjoy the experience and tell Daren to shove it. Demar never had a PER higher than 18.2 till this year. 23.1.
I’d like to tell you exactly what most of these stats mean but that’s a lunch and learn Blog for that shitty stretch during the MLB All-Star Break.
Bottom line? This is why Masai did what Masai did. This is why you should stop sitting your collective Raptor onesies. As long as the other guys just do their jobs, you might be celebrating the 1st major championship in a bazillion fucking pain-filled years.
“Do you miss Kawhi Leonard?”
Spurs fans: pic.twitter.com/VxHsgcgjyZ
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) May 5, 2019
Kawhi Leonard: The Origin Story
"Always wanting to win, comes from where I lived…"
— NBA (@NBA) May 5, 2019
Folks will be talking about Kawhi Leonard's shot over Joel Embiid for the next couple of days – possibly longer if TOR advances – but this block/steal/snatch on Jimmy Butler stood out to me. Called a foul but everything Kawhi did with the ball was mean pic.twitter.com/gMxmZDbrb9
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) May 6, 2019