Clippers’ Paul George reacts to Kawhi Leonard’s game-saving block, dunk on Daniel Theis
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George finally took the floor together on Wednesday, facing their biggest test yet in the Boston Celtics. Coming off three straight absences, the Los Angeles Clippers offseason signing had a monster dunk on center Daniel Theis and a game-saving block that allowed the Clippers to preserve the win.
Leonard had the fresh legs after a full week of rest and went strong to the hole against Theis, something George fully expected him to do.
“I mean… that’s the Finals MVP, man,” said George after a narrow 107-104 overtime win on Wednesday, according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “That’s a guy that does it. He knows when it’s time to take over. He’s been there, won a championship for multiple ball clubs. He knows how to put that foot on an opponent’s neck.”
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 21, 2019
Yet it wouldn’t be a complete Kawhi Leonard highlight reel without a defensive play that changes the game. Leonard blocked a Kemba Walker quick-trigger corner 3-pointer to preserve the 3-point lead, a shot that failed to tick iron.
KAWHI LEONARD GAME WINNING BLOCK 🖐🏾🖐🏾🖐🏾🖐🏾 pic.twitter.com/6yQFyvNBgU
— Ball Realm (@TheBallRealm) November 21, 2019
The Clippers trailed for the majority of the game but were able to muster enough stops and big-time plays to even it up at the end of regulation, taking care of business with George and Leonard closing the show.
Having two true two-way stars in the same lineup gives the Clippers an advantage no other team has in the NBA, and they showed that against an Eastern Conference-leading Celtics that had every bit of a puncher’s chance to win the game.