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Kawhi Leonard Has Defended Giannis Better Than Any Other Player in the NBA

TORONTO, ON - MAY 21:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors defends against Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 21, 2019 in Toronto,Ontario,Canada. NOTE TO USER: user expressly acknowledges and agrees by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Licence Agreement. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game Four | Claus Andersen

In a world where Giannis Antetokounmpo seems virtually unguardable, one man has been able to keep the Greek Freak in check: Kawhi Leonard.

Watching the Eastern Conference Finals, the All-NBA Second Team honoree has slowed down Giannis better than anyone else this season. In fact, Leonard has shut down the Greek Freak at an incredible rate, far surpassing the defensive efforts of other players who matched up with him for at least 100 matchups.

Giannis can easily drop 30+ points against any player given the near impossible task of keeping the MVP candidate in front of them on defense. That is, every player except Kawhi. Leonard has limited Antetokounmpo to nearly half the points than any other player has per 100 possessions. That defense has played a big role in the Raptors reclaiming the series lead throughout the past three games.

The Klaw is known for putting the clamps on opposing offensive players. His quick lateral movement and large hands makes it extremely difficult for any ball-handler to succeed against him, even a player as dominant as Giannis.

You don't get named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice for nothing. Kawhi seems to be the only player in the league who has been able to figure out the Greek Freak, a true testament to his worth in an NBA Playoff setting.

You know what they say. Offense wins game, defense wins championships. Well, the Milwaukee's No.1 ranked offense was able to win a couple games in the series, but the overpowering defense of this Toronto Raptors team seems destined for an NBA Finals berth, especially if they can keep the clamps on.