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Kawhi Leonard’s protection possible rubs most offensive gamers the incorrect means, however they should not take it personally. He locks up nearly everybody he defends. He’s an equal-opportunity stopper, but when Jamal Murray needed to be slightly offended after what Leonard did to him on Monday, no one would blame him. 

The play got here with 1:47 remaining within the fourth quarter. The Clippers, after having trailed by as many as 12, had lastly regained the lead within the closing minutes. To complete the Nuggets off, they’d have to shut down an offense that, coming into Monday, had scored over 150 factors per 100 possessions in clutch conditions within the playoffs. Denver gave the ball to Jamal Murray, one of many postseason’s breakout stars, and watched him drive to the basket for a dunk try. On first look, it appeared as if he merely did not get sufficient elevation and was blocked by the rim. On additional inspection? Leonard managed to dam the shot… utilizing his center finger. 

It is price remembering that, social implications apart, the center finger is the longest finger. It stands to motive that notably shut shot-block makes an attempt may come right down to the defender giving the finger to an opponent. 

The block helped put the Clippers up 2-1 on the Nuggets, who, regardless of their underdog standing, very practically took two video games in a row off of the present championship favorites. Cruelness of the block apart, what they are saying: good guys end final. 

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