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Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning corner three to beat Cavaliers (VIDEO)

Feb 14, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

This is what the Spurs do — make a mistake and you pay the price.

Down two with 8 seconds left in Cleveland, Tony Parker gets the ball out top and drives the lane. If you don’t take that away from him one of the best point guards in the game will tie it up. Tyler Zeller does the right thing and cuts off Parker’s path to the basket. But watch rookie Dion Waiters almost unconsciously slide into the paint to be near the action and leave Kawhi Leonard alone in the corner.

Tony Parker finds Leonard — it’s what the Spurs do, the execute game in and game out better than any team in the league. Leonard is shooting 48.8 percent on corner threes this season and this one fell. And the Spurs win. Again.

  1. sportsnut101 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Dion waiters fault

  2. southpaw77 - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    What the heck is Dion Waiters doing?
    He’s standing on the right side of the rim so he cant even help on Parker so his butt should have stayed next to Leonard.
    Coach Scott got sub him out on defense at the end of a game, too small and looses focus and drifts into no mans land.

  3. BigBeachBall - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    How the hell did SAS get this kid with their lottery picks?

  4. mlblogsbutlerblogs - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Cause no one cared to watch the MWC play basketball. Dude was a beast in college. Does everything you want out of a player of his size. Can pass, hit 3’s, plays defense and fights for rebounds. Spurs did their homework and got exactly the type of player that fits their system. He’s still young and raw enough to mold into exactly what they need. 5 years from now when we go back and look at that draft, he might be the most decorated player taken. As a SDSU fan I think he could of benefited greatly from one more season in college, and as a Lakers fan…well yeah, I hope he gets dealt to the east haha.

  5. mlblogsbutlerblogs - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Side note: Spurs traded for him draft night. They knew what they wanted

  6. cj1403 - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    They traded George Hill to the Pacers for him.

  7. davidly - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Wait a minute. I thought that in that situation you were supposed to “clear it out” for your star to dribble the clock down to a couple of seconds and put up a contested shot.

    • zerole00 - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Maybe if you’re the Lakers, the Spurs don’t play hero ball.

    • circuscivics - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      That’s what the knicks would have done with MElo, the ultimate ME first player. Which is why the Knicks are not in the same class as the Spurs, even though they have one of the supposedly NBA premier players. If it were the Knicks in that situation and MElo doesn’t get the ball, he would have a hissy fit, then a week later Woodson would get fired.

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