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Kawhi Leonard with the monster dunk on Serge Ibaka early in Game 6 (VIDEO)

May 31, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

One way to neutralize an opponent’s so-called rim protector is to simply go right at him.

That’s what Kawhi Leonard did early in Game 6 between the Spurs and the Thunder, spinning past Kevin Durant on the perimeter before going up for a monster throw-down as if Serge Ibaka wasn’t even there.

  1. jerdogthompson - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Kids gonna be a star.

    #InDocwetrust

  2. the1nonlyk - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    sugar k leonard gettin it done! this post should also be supplemented with the biggest block of the game he had in ot. he used those claws of his n literally ripped the ball from westbooks hands well need his defensive moves for heat rematch. lets go spurs ur on ur way to number five!!

  3. spthegr8 - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Good move with a GREAT finish.!! It was Nasty!! When your a great shot blocker you try to block everything and sometimes….. You get BAPTIZED!!! Serge got BAPTIZED!!!!

  4. enigma2742 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    CLICK CLICK WELCOME TO YOUR KODAK MOMENT SERGE IBAKA

  5. loubearkane - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Indiana Pacers draft Kawhi Leonard at #15 and then trade him to the San Antonio Spurs for point guard George Hill.

    Who got the better end of that deal?

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Heat.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Hindsight is always 20/20.

      Also, it’s hard to judge players when they’re on the Spurs. Leonard is perhaps the best role player in the NBA, but he wouldn’t look as good being the face of a team considering he’s not very good at creating his own offense and doesn’t have tight handles.

      For now, he fits perfectly into SAS…he defends extremely well, hits open shots, and finishes plays. But let’s not get a head of ourselves…remember Trevor Ariza? He looked incredible on the Lakers for the same reasons – great anticipation on defense, could hit his 3s, finish plays in the half court and open court, etc. Ariza was the key role player for the Lakers’ 2nd last championship. Leonard is probably better than Ariza, but the point remains.

      • borderline1988 - Jun 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Ron Artest was another guy who was a fantastic defender and could hit his open shots. Probably not as good of a finisher in the open court or when cutting to the basket as Leonard is, but the point is that when you don’t have a tight handle, it’s hard to create your own offense. And those types of players are not the stars in the NBA, they’re the second-tier players that any team with championship aspirations need.

  6. rrhoe - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    I wonder does Indy have any regrets over trading him.

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