Toronto fell in Philadelphia during Game 3 of the Conference Semifinals series against the 76ers. Now unexpectedly trailing 2-1 in hostile territory, little will be said of the exceptional play of acquired star Kawhi Leonard. “The Klaw” was a known scoring commodity prior to his move to Canada, but his play during this series against the Sixers has been nothing short of record-breaking (literally).
Leonard has posted games of 45, 35 and 33 points in each of the outings during the current series. Dating back to the 1946-47 season, he has become only the 5th player in NBA history to score more than 110 points in the first 3 games of a conference semifinal series. The other names on the list are quite accomplished in their own right: Vince Carter, George Gervin, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and some guy named Michael Jordan (x2) — http://bkref.com/tiny/6rIpz (Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference).
If that wasn’t exclusive enough, Kawhi is the only one of the bunch to hit the mark while shooting over 60% from the field. With potential to add to his historic scoring streak, Leonard needs 37 points to join Bob McAdoo and Jordan as the 3rd player in history to score 150 through the first 4 games of a conference semifinal series.
However, all of the accomplishment will be thrown by the wayside if the All-Star does not receive any offensive assistance. The Raptors have only eclipsed 95 points in one of the three games played against Philadelphia thus far. The supporting cast has been completely shut down and minimized. The Sixers seem content to let Kawhi get his and focus on stopping Pascal Siakim, Kyle Lowry and crew. Let’s hope Leonard has a chance to be rightfully recognized and marveled for his accomplishments.