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Sport Kawhi Leonard has incredibly high praise for Luka Doncic

06:50  07 june  2021
06:50  07 june  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Kawhi Leonard seems to have a lot of respect for Luka Doncic . Over the course of the last few years, there has been an influx of young talent in the NBA and now, they are starting to take over. One of those players is none other than Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks who just finished off his second year in the league. After game 6, Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard was interviewed about the team's big win and was also asked about Doncic and his contributions throughout the series. Despite being rivals on the court, Leonard offered some high praise for the young Mavs star, saying that

Kawhi Leonard has a fully stamped passport from his visits to places the Clippers never have been. On Friday night he dragged them from the edge or, rather, dragged the Dallas Mavericks to the edge alongside them. His merciless 45 points held off Dallas in front of its own crowd, the largest in the NBA this season, and fashioned a 104-97 win There are two other dreaded words in sports, if you’re trying to get past the Mavericks in a knockout game; Luka Doncic . This time, the Clippers hassled him as well as one can expect, and Doncic turned in a fairly human performance. Don’t expect it to become a habit.

It’s not often that Kawhi Leonard showers praise on an opponent, but Luka Doncic was good enough against the Los Angeles Clippers that it was warranted Sunday.

a group of football players on a field: Luka Doncic has an incredible series, but so did Kawhi Leonard. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Luka Doncic has an incredible series, but so did Kawhi Leonard.

Even though the Dallas Mavericks lost the series to the Clippers in seven games, Doncic was brilliant. He averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds over the seven games, and did so despite battling a painful neck issue that visibly limited him at times.

After the game, Leonard admitted Doncic had been outstanding and credited him for doing “everything” for the Mavericks during the series.

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Kawhi Leonard has a fully stamped passport from his visits to places the Clippers never have been. On Friday night he dragged them from the edge or, rather, dragged the Dallas Mavericks to the edge alongside them. His merciless 45 points held off Dallas in front of its own crowd, the largest in There are two other dreaded words in sports, if you’re trying to get past the Mavericks in a knockout game; Luka Doncic . This time, the Clippers hassled him as well as one can expect, and Doncic turned in a fairly human performance. Don’t expect it to become a habit. But Leonard was a big part of that, too.

However, Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers will try to get it done at home for the first time in four tries. For more on the NBA playoffs, we've got you covered with an in-depth look at the Mavericks-Clippers series, the round-by-round playoff schedule, a breakdown of our expert predictions for both the second round and the entire postseason. mavericks incensed after luka doncic doesn't get an and one call. hit a pretty crazy leaner from about 20 feet but the refs say the foul was on the ground. one good thing for the mavs, however, was that the foul was the second on marcus morris.

Leonard certainly wouldn’t offer up this praise for just anybody. Plus, as a two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP, he knows how tough it is to play at this stage of the season. If he’s impressed, everybody else probably should be, too.

It’s certainly clear that Doncic won more respect from both of the Clippers’ stars during the series, even though it’s not really clear if the feeling was mutual.

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Luka Doncic listed as questionable for Game 4 vs. Clippers with cervical strain

  Luka Doncic listed as questionable for Game 4 vs. Clippers with cervical strain Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is listed as questionable for their Game 4 matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday with a cervical strain, the team said on Saturday. Doncic said that he started feeling pain in his neck during their Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, and that it moved down his left arm. Doncic finished just shy of a triple-double in the 118-108 loss to the Clippers on Friday. He dropped a playoff career-high 44 points while shooting nearly 54% from the field, and had nine rebounds and nine assists. He’s averaged 38 points, nine assists and 8.7 rebounds so far in the playoffs, and led Dallas to a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers.

Luka Doncic had 36 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Dallas. He scored 24 points in the second half to help rally the Mavericks after they trailed by double digits from late in the second quarter through most of the third. Leonard added 11 in the fourth quarter, including his only 3 of the game with 1:15 left, which put the Clippers up 108-100. But Dallas rallied, as Doncic hit a 3 and Maxi Kleber a dunk. After a Clippers turnover, Tim Hardaway Jr.‘s potential tying 3 spun around and out.

Kawhi Leonard is masterful in Game 6, scoring a playoff career- high 45 points to bury Dallas and bring the series back to LA for one last game. With a career playoff- high 45 points, he delivered one of the most amazing individual efforts of this NBA postseason by punishing the Mavericks repeatedly with big fourth-quarter shots. This came a few days after Leonard finished a poor (for him) Game 5 by rushing a contested 3-pointer in the final seconds of a tight contest and was admonished for it by Rajon Rondo.

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Kawhi hasn't played since Game 4 of L.A.'s series against the Utah Jazz after suffering a knee injury on a drive while being fouled. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Clippers believe Leonard suffered an ACL injury. Losing Leonard is a huge blow to L.A.'s title dreams. However, they managed to reach the Western Conference finals without him, which means they're capable of getting it done while he's on the sidelines.

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