Clippers star Kawhi Leonard’s honest admission on defending Mavs’ Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic is an absolute menace on the offensive side of the floor. The Dallas Mavericks superstar has given the Los Angeles fits on the defensive end, even the Clippers’ best defensive weapon in Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard proved to be the better player in Game 6, but Doncic still ended up with a respectable 29 points on 11-for-24 shooting from the field. The Clippers star spoke out about defending Doncic, admitting there’s honestly little one can do to stop him.
Kawhi Leonard on ESPN on defending Luka Doncic (29 points on 11-24 FG, 2-9 3FG): "I'm trying to just give him no easy looks. That's all you can do with him. … He's a hell of a player."
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) June 5, 2021
Kawhi Leonard is a 2-time Defensive Player of the Year and is one of the most feared perimeter defenders of his generation. The Clippers star’s nickname, The Klaw, is even a reference to his huge claw-like hands that he uses to clamp up his defensive assignments.
If Kawhi Leonard himself, arguably the top choice to defend any perimeter player in the entire league, doesn’t know a precise way to stop Luka Doncic, that speaks volumes. That’s all you need to know about the immense ceiling that the Mavs star truly has.
How well Kawhi Leonard can limit Luka Doncic becomes the Clippers’ key to winning Game 7. All eyes will be on that titanic matchup that not only determines who advances, but could also change the landscape of NBA history, depending on the result. Luka Doncic can cement an early legacy of success against a formidable opponent, sending the LA in a downward spiral in the offseason. If Kawhi Leonard pulls it off, his Clippers have one of the best chances at coming out of the Western Conference. Game 7 is on Sunday.