Kawhi really did that
Not to be outdone by Damian Lillard’s shot last round, Kawhi Leonard sent the Raptors through to the Eastern Conference finals with the first ever buzzer-beater in an NBA Game 7.
The shot could not have been more dramatic. Leonard was smothered on the play by Ben Simmons and then Joel Embiid, and dribbled all the way around the three-point arc to try to get some space before finally throwing up an off-balance prayer that only fell after bouncing four times on the rim.
It was a stunning shot that produced some stunning photography. Here are the 10 best shots of the shot and its aftermath.
This is the most viral photo of the shot. You have the concentration on Kawhi’s face, Joel Embiid’s disbelief and Jordan Loyd doing the classic bench guy crouch.
This shot from above captures the moment the ball finally dropped through the rim.
The video of the shot makes it seem like Kawhi was out of control, but you can see here that he was actually squared up to the hoop when he released the ball.
Like Paul George before him, Joel Embiid could not have defended this play any better.
It was awesome to see the emotion flow out of the usually stoic Kawhi in the ensuing celebration.
I hope the first thing Kawhi buys after he signs his max deal this summer is a 20-foot print of this one.
CJ McCollum took over Game 7
This is what makes the Blazers so dangerous. Even when Damian Lillard struggles (13 points on 3-of-17 shooting), Portland has another star guard capable of dominating. CJ McCollum had 37 points in the Blazers’ Game 7 win over the Nuggets, including some real clutch shots in the closing moments.
Oh yeah, and he had this crazy block.
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Some pretty crazy footage emerged yesterday of Kristaps Porzingis following an altercation at a nightclub in his hometown in Latvia this weekend. His shirt is all ripped up and he’s bleeding from the head.
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