September 8, 2020, 6:59 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
The accolades continue to roll in for Bam Adebayo who was selected to his first NBA All-Defensive team, named alongside Brook Lopez, Kawhi Leonard, Eric Bledsoe and Patrick Beverley as a member of the Second-team.
Adebayo was certainly a deserving selection to the Second-team after a breakout season with the Heat. He is joined by a fellow first-timer in Lopez who continues to thrive as a shot-blocking powerhouse for the Bucks. Leonard makes his third appearance on the Second-team to go with his three First-team selections. Bledsoe, who was named to the First-team last season, makes his first appearance on the Second-team, while Beverley was selected for the second time in his career.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
September 7, 2020, 11:58 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting while chipping in 14 boards with six dimes, two blocks and a triple in Monday's Game 3 win.
Leonard did his usual work in the post, which is good, because his outside shot wasn't falling (1-for-6 3PTM). The Klaw handed out a team-high six assists tonight as well, highlighting another area of his game that has massively improved over the last few seasons. He made crucial buckets late in the fourth and had an amazing block on a Jamal Murray dunk attempt in the last period as well. He's arguably the best player in basketball as of right now.
September 6, 2020, 12:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi could barely buy a bucket in Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Nuggets, hitting just 4-of-17 shots from the field to finish the night with 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one block.
Leonard did manage to flirt with a triple-double, but the Clippers him to get back in form and score at a more efficient rate. If this keeps up, the Clippers will not be able to just trade baskets with the Nuggets, as seen by tonight's results. He should bounce back in the next game, making this series one of the most exciting ones to watch among the ones that are still currently on going.
September 3, 2020, 11:42 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard barely broke a sweat in Thursday's Game 1 win over the Nuggets, scoring 29 points on 12-of-16 from the field in 32 minutes of action.
Leonard rounded his line out with three assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer, focusing most of his efforts on scoring tonight. Denver's defense was abysmal in their first-round victory over Utah, and they were shellacked tonight against a team that has more than one scoring threat. And with all due respect to Donovan Mitchell, Kawhi is a whole different beast. Paul George also chipped in 19 points on 6-of-13 from the field with seven boards, four assists, two steals and two threes while Marcus Morris put up 18 points on 7-of-10 from the floor with five rebounds, two steals and four threes. The Nuggets looked spent after a tough seven-gamer in round one and they've got a lot to fix up before this series gets out of hand.
August 30, 2020, 6:10 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard carried the Clippers into the second round on Sunday, netting 33 points with a full line including 14 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and a 3-pointer in 40 minutes of action.
Leonard went 14-for-23 from the field and was just drilling mid-range jumpers like the Mavs weren't even on the floor. It was a fairly uneven series from the rest of the Clippers but luckily Leonard was there to put everyone else on his back against a feisty opponent. We'll see if he gets some more support in round two.
August 26, 2020, 11:19 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the three playoff games scheduled for Thursday are unlikely to be played after
the inconclusive results of the players' meeting on Wednesday evening.
This comes as little surprise after the reports coming out of the players' meeting in Orlando. Especially considering earlier in the day quotes circulated from both Raptors and Celtics players indicating a desire to boycott Thursday's game or in some cases leave the bubble entirely. It appears it may take several days before any definitive decision is made on the remainder of the season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 26, 2020, 1:02 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard continued his playoff excellence tonight, dropping 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block on 12-of-19 shooting in a Clippers Game 5 win over the Mavericks.
The Clippers broke a franchise playoff record tonight with 154 points and Leonard was a big part of that as he missed just seven shots the entire night. He also managed to knock down two of his four attempts from deep and was phenomenal on defense, holding Luka Doncic to just 22 points tonight. It seems as though the Clippers were highly motivated by all of the trash talk following their Game 4 loss and this is the result of that. The Claw and his Clippers teammates will look to put the Mavericks away for good in Game 6 on Thursday.
August 23, 2020, 6:41 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard tried to put the Clippers on his back in Sunday's OT loss to the Mavs but came up just short despite 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.
Leonard was sitting on a poor shooting line entering the late game, so of course he ends at 10-of-22 from the field in 47 minutes. He had almost no help from his teammates today (Lou Williams excepted) and simply fell victim to a masterful game from Luka Doncic. It seems like a come-to-Jesus moment for the Clippers, who will almost surely have Kawhi check Doncic on defense from now on. They threw away an opportunity to go up 3-1 with Kristaps Porzingis out and the margin of error has evaporated. Leonard is unfazeable, but we're about to learn about the rest of his teammates.
August 22, 2020, 12:01 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard was spectacular in Friday's 130-122 Game 3 win over the Mavs, flirting with a triple-double thanks to his game-high 36 points (13-of-24 FG, 9-of-10 FT), nine rebounds and eight assists.
Leonard was fantastic all game and compensated nicely for Paul George's rough shooting night. Leonard also chipped in one 3-pointer, two steals and one blocked shot to round out his impressive line for the night, reminding everyone of how and why he was able to lead the Raptors to the franchise's first-ever NBA title in 2018-19. Can he do the same for the Clippers this season? We'll have to wait and see but will surely have a blast watching him try to accomplish the feat.
August 20, 2020, 12:02 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard put up a seemingly effortless 35 points (10-of-21 FG, 13-of-14 FT) alongside 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 114-127 loss to the Mavs.
Leonard looked like the Clippers’ only lucid player on the court for stretches on Wednesday. He was easily able to drive through the Mavericks’ defense for a couple vicious dunks. It’s no secret Leonard is made for the playoffs so none of this is surprising. He’s been a top-5 player since the season restarted and that won’t change any time soon.
August 19, 2020, 3:45 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that there have been no positive COVID cases out of the 341 players tested since the last time results were shared on August 12.
The NBA continues to take the precautions necessary in order for the players and coaches to play meaningful basketball games. As long as everyone continues to follow the rules that are in place, we should continue to have smooth sailing inside the Disney campus through the NBA Finals.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 18, 2020, 12:09 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard had a great Game 1 on Monday, dropping 29 points to go with 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a triple.
Leonard went 1-for-7 from deep, but 11-for-21 from the field overall. He also hit all six of his free throws and helped put away the Mavs late in the game after Patrick Beverley missed both of his free throws. The Fun Guy logged a team-high 38 minutes and was awesome in all aspects outside of his 3-point shooting tonight. In crunch time he was able to muscle his way to his spots and nail his patented mid-range jumpers while also dropping dimes to his teammates. His improved playmaking this season has already made its mark in Game 1 of this postseason and now that he has no minutes restriction, we're going to see some big games from the reigning finals MVP.
August 14, 2020, 6:09 pmReggie JacksonPG, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers will trot out a starting lineup of Reggie Jackson, Amir Coffey, Rodney McGruder, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac on Friday against the Thunder.
The Clippers have just three guys on the injury report but it's pretty clear that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Marcus Morris won't be playing tonight. There should be plenty of value on the board for DFS players in this one, so knock yourself out as the Clips and Thunder just try to get through tonight without any injuries that will affect their playoff hopes.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 11:44 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard dropped 26 points (9-of-16 FG, 7-of-8 FT) in Wednesday night's win over the Nuggets, adding five rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists and two steals.
Leonard has been in playoff mode from the get-go since the season resumed in the Orlando campus. This was just another night at the office for one of the league's best two-way players, who regularly delivers top-10 value as long as he's on the court.
August 9, 2020, 11:56 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard put up 39 points on 14-of-25 shooting with six assists and four steals in a 129-120 loss to the Nets on Sunday.
Leonard was carrying the offense as the Clippers were without Paul George and Patrick Beverley for this one. He looks like he is in playoff form as we are approaching the end of the seeding games, so the reigning NBA Finals MVP will be on a quest to bring a title to Los Angeles.