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Remember those days when we were terrified of the Clippers back before the NBA suspension? Well, it’s about to get worse.
In Orlando, Kawhi will not have any load management and no minutes restrictions.
We all saw what the Claw did this year, averaging a career-high 26.9 points on 46.9% shooting and 36.6% shooting from deep.
He also pulled in 7.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.8 steals as well.
This was all while he was playing just 32.2 minutes per game. So imagine what he’ll be able to do in 42 minutes.
After defeating Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, the general stigma was that Kawhi was the best in the league, however, he was quickly overshadowed by LeBron James and Giannis during the regular season. The same thing happened in the 2018-2019 season where we weren’t really focused on Kawhi and his #2 seeded Raptors, we were all focused on the Bucks, 76ers, and Warriors.
Despite being the #2 seed once again, and in a much more competitive conference, Kawhi still appears to be the underdog according to the media. All eyes are on LeBron James, whom many think is having his best statistical season of his career, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is also having his best season, as the clear faces on the NBA.
This makes sense, though. Kawhi is a silent killer. He just is quietly the best player on the court and this eight-game stretch and playoffs will be no different. Get ready for Kawhi to go off for 30 points per game when the NBA returns.