The Dallas Mavericks tied the series with a clutch play made by Luka Doncic. It’s a step back three as the time expired add to the sweet victory that the Mavs are down by 21 points, Luka Doncic had a bad ankle and Kristaps Porzingis is out.
But did somebody notice that Kawhi Leonard who earned a respectable back to back Defensive Player of the Year didn’t step up to defend Luka? Initially, Kawhi defended Doncic on the top of the free-throw line. Then Maxi Kleber set a screen but he never made an effort to fight for it. He let Riggie Jackson a 6’3″ guard to cover 6’7″ Doncic. Crazy isn’t it? Of course, he defended himself that he was instructed to make a switch. But why do you need to make a switch when you can double, bothered Luka, makes it hard for him to pass. Leonard had the best hands to deflects it, then how comfortable Doncic to dribble it in front of four hands? What kind of IQ you had to let Jackson decide the game defensively? Leonard really quits in the last 3.7 seconds.
If you don’t agree, let’s get back to the 2013 Ray Allen shot to force overtime. After he split his free throw, Leonard guarding LeBron James. He did a good switch to Mario Chalmers initially forced him to pass to LeBron James that misses the three. But in rebounds play he didn’t try to make a jump to help a gang rebound then after Chris Bosh made a disparate pass to Ray Allen, he simply walks and again not trying to alter the shot while Allen defying the gravity.
One more thing that he quits? When the time he chooses not to play in San Antonio while his doctors cleared him.