Monday, April 18, 2016

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

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 10:14 AM

  • 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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