Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  10 responses

Kawhi Leonard Hits Game-Winning 3 to Beat Cavaliers (VIDEO)

Can’t leave him *that* open.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defense collapsed on a driving Tony Parker, forgetting all about Kawhi Leonard who was wide open in the corner. Whoops! Game over. Per the Express-News and Plain Dealer: “Needing a basket after Dion Waiters’ impossible 20-footer put Cleveland up by two with 9.9 seconds left, (Gregg) Popovich first drew a play for Duncan in the post against rookie Tyler Zeller. The Cavs took a foul after 1.1 seconds, forcing Popovich to Plan B. ‘The (play) we called, we’ve practiced that a thousand times, so I knew we’d be able to run that,’ Popovich said. ‘And we wanted the ball in Tony’s hands.’ Parker beat his man off the dribble, drove at Zeller, then sensed Waiters — who led Cleveland (16-37) with 20 points — helping off Leonard in the corner. ‘I saw Kawhi wide open,’ Parker said. Leonard knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer, Parker manhandled Irving on the other end, and the Spurs went into the All-Star break riding high. [...] ‘I blame myself,’ Waiters said, shaking his head afterward. ‘I helped, but I helped too far.’ Waiters noted that’s the second time this season that his defensive lapse yielded a game-winning 3-pointer. The rookie left Ray Allen open Nov. 24 in Miami as the Heat triumphed, 110-108. ‘I’ve just got to do a better job of just staying home,’ Waiters said. ‘Defensively, you’ve got to shrink the floor and that’s what I tried to do. But I got over there late, and he hit the shot.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    somewhere Bruce Bowen is smiling

  • pposse

    Waiters was straight up flat footed..

  • Mike MIhalow

    lol, I’m guessing that video was taken from the Cav’s broadcasters, not the Spurs

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Dion wasnt actually doing much of anything. He walked over to the basket, and stood there with his hands down doing nothing. He just kinda coasted, he didnt help , or “over help” as he was trying to put it. It was just a dumb play.

  • RayJr

    When will these teams learn that the Spurs do not stop playing until the game is over? I just knew by looking at the score on my phone that SA would tie or win at the buzzer. They’ve won at least 5 games like this this season where the opposing teams relaxes in the last few seconds and lets SA do whatever they want.

  • Max

    Waiters got caught sleeping in the most important possesion of the game.

  • Caboose

    Waiters thinking, “C’mon Tony, c’mon…if you shoot from the opposite side of the hoop, I’ll block you…OH SH*T HE PASSED IT!”

  • TV63

    First of all, Waiters is a rookie . Second, Irving just was awful in this game. He should have sat out instead of jacking up shot after shot losing precious opportunties. Waiters stepped up and had a great game and almost won it on a clutch shot. The kid is a rookie and got star struck in the moment (as rookies do) he blanked out for just a nanosecond. Ah! Just enough for Parker’s dagger eyes to see Waiter’s vulneribility to strike like a cobra and send a lightning pass to the waiting Leonard for a 3. Swoosh, game over just like that. Waiters went from hero to goat in a second. The irony. Young Cavs kept it close and not with a whole lot of help with Irving. They did better than the Bulls the night before. Bulls lost to Spurs by 20.

  • TV63

    And he’s a rookie. He stepped up when Irving well just sucked at this game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    The Spurs are the best defensive team in the L with Leonard on the floor. SA sure do know how to pick em.