Kawhi Leonard Stats for Game 2: Kawhi posts abysmal stats in Game 2, shooting just 23.5% from the field.
Kawhi Leonard has been red-hot throughout these 2020 Playoffs, posting up an average of 30 points per game. Leonard has been the best player on the floor for the Los Angeles Clippers through all 4 quarters of almost every single Playoff game they’ve played.
This was not the case however, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals as the 2x Finals MVP scored only 13 points in 39 minutes of action.
Kawhi had a tough night in Game 2
0-3 3 PT
Snapped 47 straight playoff game streak of 15+ points pic.twitter.com/tiGe15abap
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 6, 2020
Has Kawhi Leonard cooled off after a hot start to the Playoffs?
In Game 1 of this same series, Kawhi went off for 29 points, while shooting an incredibly efficient, 75% from the field.
Kawhi was anything but efficient tonight as he shot just 4-17 from the field. This has been Kawhi’s 3rd worst shooting performance of his Playoffs career, excluding his rookie season.
Kawhi Leonard shot just 4-of-17 tonight, his worst shooting percentage in a playoff game since April 30, 2015 in the Spurs’ Game 6 against… the LA Clippers
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) September 6, 2020
Apart from his abysmal shooting, he was also not his usual self on the defensive end of the court either. The 2019 NBA champion had a team-worst, -16 plus/minus. Kawhi was also the on-ball defender on Jamal Murray at the 2:12 mark in the 4th quarter, where Murray put Kawhi on skates and drained a 3 in his face.
Jamal vs. Kawhi in crunch time …
Bullseye 🏹 pic.twitter.com/Bk3KlewRrQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 6, 2020
Should the Clippers be worried?
The Los Angeles Clippers have been a force to be reckoned with throughout the season. With numerous offensive juggernauts and defensive savants, it is hard to fathom the Clippers losing this series.
However, upsets are not uncommon in the NBA. Every single Clippers starter for Game 2 had a negative plus/minus most of the Clippers players posted up inefficient numbers too.
If the Clippers continue to shoot the ball poorly against a team being run by an offensive minded coach, the Clippers will simply begin to get outscored in each game.