Last season, was a tough one for Kawhi Leonard. As a member of the Spurs, and due to injury, Leonard played in only nine games in the 2017-18 season. Many questioned his heart, and some wondered if he would ever be the same. What a difference a year makes.
The former Finals’ MVP has willed the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the Eastern Conference semifinals against the 76ers, where Leonard made a series-clinching, buzzer-beating jump shot on Sunday, Leonard averaged 34.7 ppg.
Leonard has played like one the best players in the NBA, and according to ESPN’s Max Kellerman, Leonard is the best player in the league.
Listen what Kellerman had to say on ESPN’s First Take today:
I think many forgot how good Leonard was before the injury. He is special for sure. Best player in the league? Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and Kevin Durant might argue with you, but in the end, it’s safe to say that Leonard is back!
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is having an MVP-caliber season, and at this point, with Bucks having the best record in the NBA, his chances of winning the award are excellent. He can do it all; he can handle, drive and finish in the lane, and in 55 games, Giannis is averaging 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.
However, Giannis does have a flaw, and that is his shooting ability. He is shooting just 24% from downtown, but on Saturday, Giannis was on fire. He shot 3-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 27 points as the Bucks beat the Timberwolves 140-128.
According to ESPN’s Max Kellerman, if Giannis can ever gets a consistent jumper, he could be the greatest of all-time.
Listen below as Kellerman talks Giannis:
The Houston Rockets did something that has not been done in a long time. They went into Oracle Arena and snapped the Warriors’ 16-game home playoff win streak to even up the Western Conference Finals at 2-2. Now, the Rockets head home with an opportunity to go up 3-2 on the Warriors.
ESPN’s Max Kellerman believes that Houston will win on Thursday night!
It is hard for me to believe that any team can beat the Warriors four times in seven games. I think the Warriors can lose Game 5 and still win the series. The Rockets won’t beat the Warriors in Oracle twice, but I could see Golden State winning in Houston one more time(Warriors won Game 1 in Houston). That one more time could be tonight or in Game 7.
Therefore, tonight’s game is a must-win for the Rockets.
Should be a great night in Houston!
The Toronto Raptors continue to struggle against the Cavaliers in the playoffs after falling to Cleveland in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series 113-112 in OT Monday night at Air Canada Centre. After leading for most of the game, the Raptors went 5-24 from the field in the 4th quarter, which helped Cleveland send the game to OT.
Game 2 is on Thursday night in Toronto. While LeBron James did not have one his better shooting nights(12-30 from the field), he still recorded a triple-double(26pts, 11 reb, 13 ast).
For the Raptors, you have to be frustrated after letting Cleveland steal Game 1, but ESPN’s Max Kellerman believes the Raptors should not be concerned
Here’s what Kellerman had to say on ESPN’s First Take today:
Cleveland got production from J.R. Smith(20 pts), Kyle Korver(19 pts), Jeff Green(16 pts), and Tristian Thompson(14 pts & 12 reb). However, I still think Toronto is the better team in this series, and in the NBA, the best team usually wins in a seven-game series.