The San Antonio Spurs are starting to look like themselves, and Kawhi Leonard has a lot to do with that.
Don’t look now, but the San Antonio Spurs are coming — and they’re coming fast.
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Their opponents had moments of hope during the regular season since the Spurs didn’t look like themselves anymore, but it looks like they should have been given a little bit of slack. After all, they have earned at least that. San Antonio finally has everyone back and healthy, and things are simply starting to click. The Spurs are 10-1 and have looked dominant since the infamous loss against the Philadelphia 76ers where Gregg Popovich tore his players a new one. The rest of the league should officially be on notice.
San Antonio has had some good wins during their recent 11-game stretch, but their most impressive performance came against the league-best Golden State Warriors today. Even though it was Easter, the Spurs showed no mercy and destroyed the Warriors 107-92.
The biggest difference in the game was Kawhi Leonard, and he’s really the biggest x-factor for the Spurs in general. They have a lot of good veterans on their team, but Leonard really takes them to another level when he is at his best – and today was one of those days. In only 24 minutes, Leonard finished with 26 points (65 percent shooting), five rebounds and seven (!!!!) steals. Seven steals is ridiculous (especially through only three quarters), and this one on Steph Curry was particularly great.
Curry isn’t supposed to get stripped like that, but Leonard is just a different type of beast.
It might sound crazy, but the Spurs have a solid shot at moving as high as the 2-seed in the Western conference playoffs. They are currently in sixth place, but still only two-games out of second. The race at the end of the regular season should be a good one.
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