Spurs Crush Grizzlies in Playoff Opener, Kawhi Named Defensive Player of the Year

click to enlarge Spurs Crush Grizzlies in Playoff Opener, Kawhi Named Defensive Player of the Year
Courtesy Caleb Saenz| 48 Minutes of Hell
The Spurs decimated the injury-plagued Memphis Grizzlies 106 to 74 Sunday night to take a 1-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs.

Tony Parker was fabulous. Tim Duncan played like a young Old Man River Walk, giddy from the playoff atmosphere. LaMarcus Aldridge was solid. And Kawhi Leonard was a complete beast, scoring threes, making incredible steals and being a complete defensive nuisance throughout the game.

And this morning, Leonard was — for the second year in a row — named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. 

Leonard, a 6-7 forward, becomes the first non-center to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons since Dennis Rodman in 1989-90 and 1990-91.

Leonard received 84 first-place votes and 547 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. He edged the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, who tallied 44 first-place votes and 421 points to finish as runner-up for the second season in a row. The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside was third with 83 points (two first-place votes). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
The Spurs take on the Grizzlies in Game 2 tomorrow night at the AT&T Center.

Go Spurs Go!


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