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Kawhi Leonard Needs More Responsibility For San Antonio Spurs to Close NBA Finals

Kawhi Leonard

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Kawhi Leonard showed what he was capable of in Game 3, and now that will be his standard for the rest of the series. He does not have to hit almost every perimeter shot in Game 4; however, the defense that he played on LeBron James was absolutely crucial, and it will be needed in order for the San Antonio Spurs to get two more wins. Leonard was able to lock down the former league MVP to the tune of seven turnovers, and Sugar K. Leonard (as Shaq famously dubbed him) was able to dominate from the perimeter as well.

Their championship hopes could likely rest on Game 5, because I firmly believe that Tim Duncan and company need to protect their home floor for the rest of the series. They have put themselves in amazingly decent position to accomplish their ultimate goal.

They already stole Tuesday’s game in Miami, and winning the next one would only be bonus points. Obviously, it would allow the Spurs to close out the series in only five games, but I think we all knew from the beginning that this was going to be a chess match that went the distance. Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra are both too smart to lose this thing in only five games, and it should go six at the very least.

Don’t come here shocked if it goes seven. My pick? I think Mark Cuban gets his wish, and that Duncan and Popovich ride off into the sunset.

Dave Daniels is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter: @AllDave_AllDay, like him on Facebook here or add him to your network on Google.