“The Greatest Choke”: NBA Analyst Blames Kawhi Leonard For Clippers Collapse Against Nuggets

Published 09/16/2020, 3:11 PM EDT
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris fouls LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the second half of game five in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets matchup has been the talk of the town now.  There were so many speculations about who will end up winning the series. Ultimately, the Nuggets took the opportunity and grabbed this series from the clutches of defeat. They recovered from a 3-1 deficit, one considered nearly impossible to rise from. Now, the people are looking for someone to blame for the Clippers disappointing loss, and it looks like one Analyst knows exactly whom to point fingers at.

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Is the Clippers key player the one to blame?

Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) handles the ball in front of Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) and forward Torrey Craig (3) during the first half in game seven of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

The Denver Nuggets would be patting their backs for this upset. However, the Clippers knew that they would have to face a lot of scrutinies if they lost and that is exactly what has happened and the name that is popping up is Kawhi Leonard. Entering the bubble, the Clippers were considered being one of the strongest contenders, with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at their disposal. Ironically, they are the ones on the rack for the mess.

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On Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe raved about the troublemaker for the Clippers. “One name, 2 words: Kawhi Leonard,” stated Sharpe.

“This is about a superstar. This is about the best player in the NBA, which he has never been.” He mocked analysts for hyping Kawhi and said, “They’ve been trying to give this man the pedestal for the last 3-4 years, although he’s never won a regular-season MVP. He’s never been the best player in the NBA. He’s never going to live this down. It’s the greatest choke job in NBA history.”

 

However, it is not fair to blame one player for an entire team’s downfall. The only reason Kawhi is at fault is that he did not lead the team as he was expected to.

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The Denver Nuggets were just a better team in this series

The Nuggets entered this series with nothing to lose. They were expected to lose and with zero pressure, advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Nevertheless, it won’t be a cakewalk for them to face the Lakers. The purple and gold won’t make the same mistakes the Clippers did.

 

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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