Leonard and Green providing San Antonio some playoff push
Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, are playing major roles in San Antonio's success this season.
Green was a revelation, in a sense because the Spurs didn't expect much from him at the start of training camp, but his regular season performance earned him some consideration for the Most Improve Player Award, he received three first-place votes and 27 points, good for ninth place.
Leonard on the other hand, was a gamble. The San Antonio Spurs had to give up George Hill to get him, but it certainly paid off. His terrific play on both ends of the floor, should get him serious considerations for the Rookie of the Year trophy.
Both players have provided the Spurs impacts that made the team deep as it is right now. However, before the postseason started, coach Gregg Popovich wonders how will two of his key players respond to playoff pressure.
Two games into the postseason, Popovich might have the answer.
Leonard and Green are doing just fine, and seem to pick up where they left off.
Green had a productive night in Game 2 against the Utah Jazz, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-5 from long range, and added four rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal.
For the series, the Spurs lanky forward is averaging 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, Leonard seem to thrive in pressure, that is if he feels it.
San Antonio's stoic rookie had a workman-like performance in Game 2 blowout.
He finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 from shooting from the field, 3-of-4 from downtown, and 2-for-2 from the foul line, and had three rebounds, two steals and one assists, as the Spurs take a 2-0 series lead over the Jazz.
In two playoff games, Leonard is averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists while making 66.7 percent of his shots from the floor, including 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
If the Spurs are going to make a deep run in the playoffs, San Antonio's role players are going to have to play a significant part.
With the way Green and Leonard are playing so far, it looked like the Spurs will be doing just that.
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