Kawhi Leonard in Game 4 had a marvelous game with 43 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals.He also hit seven huge threes in this pivotal game and he scored the Spurs last 16 points in regulation. Despite this monumental effort, the Spurs still lost the basketball game. Kawhi is special but he isn’t special enough to win playoff games by himself--no one is.
The Spurs have to put together a scheme or some plays to get other players involved. Leonard’s 43 points, a career-high, might as well be 70 point game for him in his universe--he isn‘t use to having to score that much. His teammates, outside of Tony Parker, left him on an offensive island.
Again, Kawhi Leonard is special but not that special to win a playoff game with no one else being capable of hitting an outside basket. The Spurs shot a dismal 30% from behind the arc, while Leonard alone shot 70%. He made seven three while the next two men in line only made 1 a piece (Mills and Bertans). The Grizz on the other hand had at least four players connect on threes and shot a solid 45%.
Leonard was also the only one who could create his own shot at the end of Game 4 as well, no one on the Spurs was anywhere close to be being aggressive on the offensive end in the fourth quarter. Aldridge was nowhere to be found and when he did attempt to score, outside of a couple timely dunks, resorted to only long fade-away jumpers. Leonard is an MVP-caliber player but he needs some help if the Spurs plan on returning to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.