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Colin Cowherd says Clippers’ Game 2 win over Warriors was huge ‘advertisement’ for Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard, Colin Cowherd

The Los Angeles Clippers continue to prove their mettle as one of the most surprising teams in the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors led the Clippers by 31 points in the second half of Game 2 in the first-round Western Conference matchup between the two teams.

What seemed like an inevitable 2-0 lead for the Dubs — and a metaphorical stranglehold on the series — turned into a nightmare, as the Clippers scored 85 points in the second half to stun the Warriors and complete the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history, evening the series in the process.

Lou Williams scored 17 points in the third quarter, and the Clippers shot 57 percent from the 3-point line in the second half, capped by a Landry Shamet trey to put Los Angeles ahead for good with 16.5 seconds remaining.

Matters have only been made worse for the Warriors when they learned Tuesday that DeMarcus Cousins did in fact tear his quad and is likely to miss the remainder of the playoffs.

As for the Clippers, FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd believes that this history-making win over Golden State could serve as an “advertisement” for signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency this summer:

The Clippers were 30-25 when they traded Tobias Harris — their best player at the time — to the Sixers. Since then, they finished the regular season on an 18-9 run, as Shamet has been a fantastic return in the deal for Harris, and Williams continues to be underrated as a combo guard.

Los Angeles has been a rumored destination for Leonard, and considering some of the young talent on the roster (Shamet, Montrezl Harrell and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, among others) as well as the gritty nature of veterans like Patrick Beverley, the Clippers could be an ideal destination for the soft-spoken superstar from the Los Angeles area.