A completely match Kawhi Leonard is a nightmare for any All-Star scorer or an All-NBA defender, his 2019 season with the Raptors was the most effective showcase of it.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is without doubt one of the most unstoppable gamers within the recreation of basketball. When he decides to have it his means, not even triple-teams or DPOYs may do a lot to cease him.
On one such event, when he had received the primary of his two consecutive MVPs, the Bucks massive man led his staff to the Eastern Conference Finals and was within the pole place against the Toronto Raptors to get by way of to make his first Finals look.
A 22-point blowout in Game 2 in Milwaukee, had the Bucks up 2-0 within the collection. Some changes had been wanted by Raptors head coach Nick Nurse to make a comeback within the collection.
And as his assistant Phil Handy remembers, there was just one adjustment wanted to show across the collection and win it all, Kawhi Leonard turning himself into The Terminator.
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Kawhi Leonard turned his Terminator change on and stopped Giannis and Co. for good
The 2019 MVP was having his means with the Raptors, averaging 27.0 factors and 15.5 rebounds by way of the primary two video games, and one thing needed to be accomplished. In his look on All The Smoke podcast, coach Handy spoke about “a key” or ought to we are saying “The Klaw” adjustment that helped change the collection.
Nick Nurse: We’ll make some changes in Toronto
Kawhi: Coach, I AM within the adjustment 😤
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) June 17, 2021
“The man (Leonard) is like The Terminator, for actual. We had been down 2-0 against Milwaukee, Nick Nurse got here into the locker room and stated, ‘we’re gonna make some changes, we’ll get again to Toronto and we’ll be prepared.’ And Kawhi stated, ‘the adjustment, is I’m guarding Giannis.’” Handy remembered.
The Bucks hadn’t misplaced two video games in a row that whole season till then. Guarded by Leonard for many of the recreation, Giannis may rating simply 12 factors within the momentum-shifting Game 3. The Bucks would lose 4 in a row and therefore give away their likelihood to make it to the Finals to face the Warriors.
And what adopted that, as everyone knows, is the best Playoffs collection in Raptors’ historical past. They would win their first-ever championship and Kawhi would win his second ring whereas accumulating his second Finals MVP as properly.
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