LaMarcus Aldridge is in a bit of a shooting slump, Tim Duncan is playing with his kids and Pau Gasol is recovering from surgery, but the San Antonio Spurs machine rolls on. There are plenty of factors in the Spurs success — great defense, team-oriented play, deep roster, winning culture and Gregg Popovich. But it’s the Spurs lone 2017 All-Star Kawhi Leonard who drives the Spurs machine now. In beating the Indian Pacers 110-106 in Indy last night, Leonard delivered his fourth straight 30-plus point game in a row. He’s also the Spurs best defender.
MVP? That’s a real possibility for Leonard, whose Spurs are 42-13. Leonard is having a season for the ages. The efficiency is off the charts with Leonard shooting 49% from the floor with a 90% free throw mark and 40% from 3. He’s averaging 26 points a game in just 33.7 mpg on only 17.6 field goal attempts. The Spurs have the second best record in the NBA and just one All-Star. Kawhi Leonard should be hearing some chants: MVP. MVP. MVP.