There is no better argument than this. When asked about Kawhi Leonard’s performance in the Clippers’ sixth game over the Mavericks on Friday night, Dallas star Luka Doncic gave a short but extremely accurate answer.
“I mean, he destroyed us,” Doncic says“That’s it. He had a lot of fun. This is what he did.”
Leonard performed well in Los Angeles’ 104-97 win. In 42 minutes of the game, he scored 45 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals on 18 of 25 shots.He became just The fourth player in NBA playoff history In the face of the knockout round, he shot at least 70% of his field goals and scored 45 points.
The two-time Finals MVP made big shots one after another in the second half, refusing to let Doncic and the Mavericks send his team into the offseason.
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However, it wasn’t just Leonard’s brutal efficiency that had an impact. He accepted the challenge of becoming the main defender against Doncic. Doncic still scored 29 points and sent 11 assists, but had to work hard for his offense (11 of 24 on the field and 9 three-pointers. 2).
“Great players perform well at critical moments,” Clippers head coach Teren Lu said“He is great, buddy, accepted the challenge and defended Luca the whole game… played 42 minutes and defended their best player. He was a hell-like player the whole game. This is just to you Shows who Kawhi Leonard is.”
Of course, the work is not yet complete. If the Clippers want to advance to the semifinals, they must now beat the Mavericks in Game 7. Considering Doncic’s talent and the fact that they won the top six away for the first time in NBA playoff history, this is a No small task. Series of games.
The Los Angeles team will seek to get rid of last season’s playoff demons, when it led Denver 3-1 in the “bubble” and became the laughing stock of the NBA. Paul George received the worst ridicule, but Leonard was largely part of the collapse, as he made 14 of 40 shots in the last two losses of the 2019-20 season.Leonard has won a legendary championship with the Raptors, but he has Struggling at a critical moment Since joining the Clippers in 2019, including Ugly air ball at the end of game 5.
There was no such struggle in the 6th game. Los Angeles will need that version of Leonard again, and Lu hopes to see him on Sunday.
“We will rely heavily on Kawhi because he has experienced all this,” Lu said. “He understands what it takes. It’s just his composure and his methods, and we’ll be fine.”