Sorry, that was the sound of me laughing (in my head) at this position “battle”.
This is going to be more like a position massacre.
I’m not saying that Kawhi Leonard is not a good player (double negatives got you all confused?).
I’m not saying that Kawhi Leonard won’t be able to guard LeBron for a position or two. (Welllll….maybe I kind’ve am.)
But what I am saying is that LeBron James is without question, the greatest player in the game, and Kawhi Leonard hasn’t made an All-Star game yet.
In fact, there’s not really anybody on the Spurs’ roster (or on this planet) that can guard LeBron James.
Tim Duncan is big enough and a very capable low post defender, but LeBron is too quick (ditto for Tiago Splitter). Kawhi is listed at 225 pounds while LeBron is listed at 250 pounds, so expect Kawhi to get posted up quite a bit as LeBron gives him the “Paul George, Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals” treatment.
I can’t really see Matt Bonner (also have you seen this Matt Bonner clip? Hilaarrrriiioouuussss.)or DeJuan Blair doing a passable job on LeBron either. I mean, let’s be honest, nobody can really guard LeBron, so after looking at the Spurs’ roster, maybe their best strategy is to stick with Kawhi on LeBron, since they have no other quality defensive options.
The crucial thing here is what happens when/if Kawhi gets into foul trouble. Who guards LeBron then? Maybe DeJuan Blair? Maybe Tim Duncan (….nahhhhh)? It’s going to be critical to see how the Spurs deal with guarding LeBron when Kawhi is out with foul trouble, or resting. If they have trouble with LeBron, they’ll undoubtedly have trouble with the Heat, because as LeBron goes, so go the Heat.