Kawhi Leonard, SAS: B
Does anyone else get the feeling Kawhi Leonard is capable of more offensively?
The sophomore finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, but I would like to see him be able to create for himself more, especially when Tony Parker isn't in the game. I really like how tight his handle is, and he's great at splitting defenders, so more rim attacks should be in order.
You couldn't say enough about his defense, either. The Lakers never got the pick-and-roll going, and so much of that had to do with his help defense near the middle.
Leonard put forth a strong effort on the glass as well. He didn't shy away from battling down low with Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard or even Jordan Hill. And I love that.
He tallied three steals and seven rebounds in what was a stellar two-way performance.
Earl Clark, LAL: B
Some of you won't agree with me, but that's cool. Earl Clark played a good game, despite what his numbers say.
Not that his stat line was horrible (six points and six rebounds), but he didn't do much to impact the game statistically.
He needs to be more aggressive in looking for his shot when he gets the ball, that much I will say. He has, however, earned the respect of defenders, who suffocate him on the perimeter to take his three-point shooting out of the equation.
What sold me on Clark's performance (aside from the rebounding) was his level of intensity on the defensive end. He contested shots, most of which came at the rim as a help defender (seriously, just ask Tim Duncan), and he's what I would call an intelligent fouler.
The Lakers could use a versatile, more confident Clark on their roster next season. Here's to hoping they can afford him.