Kawhi Leonard has improved so much in such a short period of time and the numbers support his superstar status, but there are still people who still water-down his greatness. Still there are people who don’t feel that he is the best player in the league and that he is simply as product of the Spurs’ system. Game Five against the Rockets is a perfect opportunity to put those thoughts/comments to rest. After a limited Game Four offensively it is time for an offensive explosion from the potential MVP of the league.
Leonard has shown all year that he can up his defensive energy and make spectacular plays when the Spurs need them most. Now it is up to him to set the tone for the rest of the team early in the game, doing this will hold his teammates accountable. In Game Four the Spurs dug themselves a early hole and that dampened their effectiveness for most of the game. Stars set the tone and the Spurs go nowhere without an improvement on defense.
Tony Parker led the team in assists but it is now time for Leonard to get others involved at a faster rate. This is easily the weakest part of his game but he has shown slight improvement throughout Rocket series. He should focus on driving hard to the basket and handing off passes to the big men in the paint. Also when he is double teamed he has to immediately swing the ball the open man to help his teammates get open threes. This is Kawhi’s moment, to have an epic performance--will he rise to the occasion?