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Amir Johnson shuts down Kawhi Leonard at rim (VIDEO)

Dec 10, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

Amir Johnson has had a couple strong games — 32 points against the Lakers Sunday, then another 19 points and 9 boards against the Spurs Tuesday.

Plus this awesome block of Kawhi Leonard at the rim.

Leonard is athletic, has a freakish wingspan and goes up strong. Johnson was stronger. That is what rim protection looks like.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM


  2. johngalt1783 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    The announcer sounded like Matt Devlin the Raptors play by play TV guy. He has a habit of not mentioning Amir’s name when Amir makes a great defensive play, either that or he refers to Amir as Amar’e, seriously.

    In fact when Amir does something good on the court it is always up to the Raptors main TV in game analyst Jack Armstrong to say something positive about Amir while Devlin is all too quick to point out a bad play by Johnson. Never understood that but Devlin’s attitude is consistent with most of the Raptors writers. Other than Jack Armstrong Paul Jones and Sherman Hamilton all who are employed by the Raptors organization the Raptors writers have wanted Amir out of town from the day that the Raptors traded for him. Nothing has changed all these years.

    If Ujiri cleans house he needs to find a way to clean up the Raptors writers and replace them with NBA writers who know what is going other other than Doug Smith who while not a Johnson fan either at least knows what is going on.

  3. antistratfordian - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Splitter comforted him on the bench.

  4. bucrightoff - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Amir along with Jonas should be the only untouchable players for Toronto. You can’t find many guys in this league who bring it night in and out like Amir Johnson, and he’s still relatively young (26, but in his 9th season).

    • borderline1988 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      I love Amir’s work ethic. He’s a guy with not much individual talent, but has worked hard to create an effective game for himself. You can clearly see the practice paying off, as he has developed into a reliable jump shooter, and has reliable hook moves in the post to score over defenders. He’s basically a slightly bigger and better version of Udonis Haslem.

      That being said, he’s not a starter on a good playoff team. He’s a very good sub and a guy who can also fill in admirably when a starter goes down with injury. But if you’re thinking about contending for a championship, you have to be looking for a better starting PF than Amir. Think about the true contenders in the NBA: Miami, Indiana, SAS, OKC, Memphis, etc. All of those teams have much better PFs than Amir Johnson.

      Which is why he’s not untouchable. He’s an excellent player, but if you’re looking to win a championship, the only legitimate starter on Toronto is Valuncianus. Everyone else are pieces that can be exchangeable once the core is built.

      • theworkhorsebackdotcom - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        He really needs to stop taking 3 pt shots as well.

      • borderline1988 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        I should add that Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson are terrific bench pieces that would work well as the 7th and 8th guys off the bench on a good team. Derozan makes for a good 6th man guy. I’d keep them only for those reasons, although obviously Derozan is an expensive 6th man.

        But if the Raptors really want to win a championship, they need to get lucky in the draft and get a real superstar (if not 2 of them). They also need all-star calibre players at 3 of the 5 starting positions. Anything less and you’re not a serious contender.

  5. truth5121 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Splitter wasn’t even there .

  6. spursareold - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love Kawhi Leonard’s game, but he’s not all that athletic. His MAX vert is 28″ from his DX profile, measured at the NBA combine. He is pretty quick, and very long, and has those freakish hands, so if you DO get a clean block on him, he’s going to the floor, because it’s almost impossible to knock the ball out of his hand.

  7. ranfan12 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Thanks PBT for the thumbnail of his sack lol

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