There are three names on the tip of everyone's tongue when discussing the NBA MVP. Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and LeBron James. LeBron is the king and in a league of his own. Harden and Westbrook are in situations where everything revolves around them on offence and are producing historic stat lines.
But there is one name out there that really should be included - even if he doesn’t want to be and that’s Kawhi Leonard. After beating Houston on Monday night, 112-110, the Spurs’ record climbed to 49-13 on the year. They’re 2.5 games behind Golden State for the best record in the league. In the win against the Rockets, Leonard had 39 points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and a steal. Those 39 points came on 12-for-18 shooting (4-for-5 from three) and an 11-for-11 effort at the free throw line.
And this is what he did in the final 30 seconds.
Yikes, that’s some peak LeBron dominance there, pull up three with someone in your face, followed by a chase down block to seal the victory. After the game, Leonard was pulled aside for a random drug test. It was almost certainly scheduled in advance, but it is much more entertaining to assume that Adam Silver was so flabbergasted by his performance that he made a phone call. And great for NBA conspiracists.
Kawhi Leonard was randomly selected for a drug test after this MVP-esque performance. What are the odds?!— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) March 7, 2017
I’m 100% ready for a Rockets-Spurs seven game series.
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