In NBA Finals, Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard brushes off 2 Warriors defenders for and-1
The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors were locked in a fierce battle in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Kawhi Leonard took center stage. The Raptors, of course, were looking to close out the series for a second time, while the Warriors were trying to denounce the cavalcade of “3-1 memes” that befell them following the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Raptors were defeated by one point in Game 5 thanks to the scoring output of Kevin Durant, who scored 11 points in 11 minutes and was a +6 in on/off rating before suffering a brutal Achilles injury.
For Toronto, the Raps will need to lean heavily on their reliable and likable superstar Kawhi Leonard. Though Leonard did not have his best game in Game 5, he did produce an astonishing display in the second half in which he willed his team to a lead, which was swiftly coughed up due to an ill-timed Raptors timeout and a subsequent Splash Brothers rally for the Dubs.
However, Kawhi Leonard seemed to pick up where he left off in Game 6: He started out strongly and produced a (dare we say) Michael Jordan-esque shot in the first half before producing this strong and-1 finish in the second half:
One of the main traits of Kawhi Leonard is his inviolable strength, which is on full display in this sequence. Not even two stout Warriors defenders could put a stop to Leonard as he rumbled his way to the rim.