As good as he has been the past couple of seasons, many are expecting solid production from Kawhi Leonard in every game he plays in. Following another stellar performance in Game 2 of their first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, the San Antonio Spurs forward once again made history.
By finishing with a career playoff high of 37 points, including 19-of-19 from the free-throw line, to go along with 11 rebounds and two assists, Leonard became the first player in more than three decades to score at least 30 points with less than 15 field goal attempts in consecutive playoff games.
Kawhi Leonard is the first player in 30+ years to score > 30 points on < 15 FG attempts in consecutive playoff games.
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) April 18, 2017
Since entering the league in 2011, the 25-year-old San Diego State product has increased his scoring average each season. This year, it’s up to 25.5 points, while also averaging 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He has established himself as one of the best two-way players today and is a favorite to win the MVP Award as well.
Together with his Spurs teammates, Leonard has made it possible for the team to continue with their winning ways. Now with a commanding 2-0 lead over the Grizzlies, they are once again geared for another deep playoff run. If the first two games of the series are any indication of how he’ll play for the rest of the postseason, the Spurs are going to be a very difficult team to beat and could even win it all this year.