The San Antonio Spurs have been nothing short of dominant in game three of the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat. Kawhi Leonard has been the star of the show, filling it up from the outside and by taking the ball to the rim.
The Spurs have built a dynasty out of finding many different ways to win. The interesting thing about this game is the fact that the Spurs are way out in front with their big three players, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, turning in understated performances while Leonard has put on a show.
The punctuation mark on Leonard’s effort had to be this dunk in the face of the Birdman, Chris Andersen. After blowing by what’s left of Ray Allen the defender, Leonard went straight up into Andersen and flushed the dunk home.
The narrative on this NBA Finals, more or less, has been the battle of LeBron James the star and the ridiculous success of the Spurs’ system.
While that is interesting to consider as we watch each team make adjustments over the course of a long series, to frame the series that way does not necessarily give credit to the individual abilities of Spurs players. On this night, all of that credit goes to Leonard, who has gotten the job done on both ends of the floor.