Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kawhi Leonard drops a career high 29 points to save San Antonio

...say hello to THE FUTURE OF THE SPURS!

Welcome Kawhi Leonard! Leonard scored a career-high 29 points to save the Spurs in game 3. A game everyone thought Miami would win. 29 is more than he had ever scored in 70 games in college (San Diego State) or high school (Martin Luther King (Riverside, California)).

He became the first player since Kenyon Martin scored 35 against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 to set a career high in the NBA Finals. “I just was in attack mode, trying to be aggressive,” said the soft-spoken Leonard. In the past 35 years, only two other players younger than 23  have scored 29 or more points in an NBA Finals game: Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. That's it...that's the list. Magic dropped 42 in his series-clinching performance his rookie year and Kobe went 30+ twice in the Lakers’ 2001 Finals win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Popovich, never one for praise, proclaimed Leonard as the future face of the franchise before last season. “I think he’s going to be a star. And as time goes on, he’ll be the face of the Spurs I think. At both ends of the court, he is really a special player. And what makes me be so confident about him is that he wants it so badly. He wants to be a good player, I mean a great player. He comes early, he stays late, and he’s coachable, he’s just like a sponge. When you consider he’s only had one year of college and no training camp yet, you can see that he’s going to be something else.”

Take a look at a 3 minutes of Kawhi Leonard highlights: