Kawhi Leonard Makes Everyone Wonder If He, Not James Harden, Should Be MVP

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Score this faceoff for the guy on the left. (Soobum Im/USA Today Sports)

For much of the season, the NBA’s MVP race has been viewed as a showdown between Russell Westbrook and James Harden. While that may still be the case, Monday’s Rockets-Spurs game served as quite the argument for Kawhi Leonard, particularly the final 30 seconds.

Leonard provided a potent reminder that he may possess the league’s best combination of offensive and defensive skills, as he led a comeback from a 16-point first-half deficit in a 112-110 San Antonio win. With 25 seconds left, the two-time all-star hit a go-ahead three-pointer, then raced back the other way to block Harden’s layup attempt.

So about that Kawhi Leonard guy…. pic.twitter.com/ZLg4ekd7mi

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 7, 2017

Clutch Kawhi pic.twitter.com/597QgbqJzc

— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) March 7, 2017

Leonard also hit a pair of free throws after that sequence to seal his team’s win, finishing with 39 points on 12 of 18 shooting and a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Harden posted another terrific line, finishing with 39 points and 12 assists, but he only scored nine in the second half, partly due to Leonard’s hounding defense. That contrast between the two stars Monday had many suggesting that the MVP conversation be reshaped.

Everyone was very on time with their “hey, what about Kawhi Leonard for MVP” takes, it turns out.

— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) March 7, 2017

Kawhi Leonard just made about as strong an MVP case as possible in a two-possession sequence in March.

— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 7, 2017

I'm am watching @spurs vs @HoustonRockets. I've always had Kawhi Leonard IN the MVP discussion. Now, it may be time for him to LEAD it!

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 7, 2017

James Harden had an MVP-esque first half and Kawhi Leonard just topped him in the second, daaamn

— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) March 7, 2017

I said on Undisputed this morning that Kawhi is now more dominant than LeBron. He just proved it against Harden and the hot Rockets. UNREAL.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 7, 2017

If someone could photoshop Kawhi Leonard slapping the MVP out of Harden's hand…. That'd be great. pic.twitter.com/93cYXQRMJD

— Josh Eberley

“The block is what makes him special,” Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said after the game, noting that plenty of players, including Harden, can hit clutch threes. “Kawhi wanted it badly, and he went and took it.”

(In an odd bit of timing, Leonard was pulled aside postgame for one of the NBA’s random drug screenings. ESPN’s Michael C. Wright made clear that it was routine, writing, “Before the jokes on Kawhi Leonard start, the league tests guys several times a year randomly.”)

A two-time NBA defensive player of the year — an award Harden is no threat to win — Leonard has notably increased his offensive output this season, raising his scoring average to 26.1 from last season’s career high of 21.2. As the Spurs noted during the game, when the sixth-year veteran reached double figures against the Rockets, it marked the 91st game in which he had done so, tying a career-best set by no less a San Antonio deity than Tim Duncan.

In addition, Leonard scored more than 30 points for the fourth straight game, this from a player with just four such outings in his career before this season. On Wednesday, he hit a game-winning shot to beat the Pacers, and on Friday, he had clutch steals in the final minutes of both regulation and overtime in a win over the Pelicans. Following another overtime win Saturday against the Timberwolves, Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio said of Leonard, “After LeBron [James], he’s the most dominant player in the league right now.”

Kawhi averaged 32 points, 9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4 steals last week, earning him Western Conference Player of the Week honors! pic.twitter.com/VV76KaaUbe

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 6, 2017

James is also very much in the running for MVP honors this season, and Westbrook continues to rack up triple-doubles in his quest to average that line over a full season for the first time since Oscar Robertson in 1962. However, befitting both his personality and that of his team, Leonard has quietly been building a persuasive case of his own.

Well, it wasn’t that quiet Monday night, particularly in San Antonio’s AT&T Center, where the crowd roared Leonard’s latest heroics.

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