Thursday night was a painful one for the Philadelphia 76ers, as they lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
He also has a bad day on Friday as he has a difficult memory that he will never be able to shake.
Four years ago, Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors sent the 76ers home and propelled his team into the Eastern Conference Finals with one of the most amazing clutch shots in NBA history.
It’s been four years since Kawhi Leonard took that shot.
One of the greatest game-winners in NBA playoff history‼️ pic.twitter.com/65HcZeCMDM
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 12 May 2023
It’s rare to see Leonard get too excited about anything.
But he was certainly feeling himself after this great buzzer-beater.
As for the Sixers, they left the court with a broken heart.
On Friday, fans recounted a moment that was magical for the Raptors and terrifying for the 76ers.
“Still hurts,” said one fan, a sentiment surely shared by many in Philadelphia.
— Chase (@Chkpt_Chase) 12 May 2023
“This and me dame,” another reminded fans that Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers has made many shots like this in his NBA tenure.
this and dame for me
– 優木 せ つ 菜 ?? (@nijigasakilove) 12 May 2023
Many commented on Leonard’s amazing talent.
It’s a talent that hasn’t been showcased nearly enough.
This is because several injuries have derailed his years in the league.
People were imagining a world where Leonard, Paul George and Russell Westbrook were able to play together for the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs.
Sadly, we will never see Kawhi’s full potential due to his injuries. Could have been the greatest of all time without the injuries.
– Arpit Bansal (@ArpitBnsl) 12 May 2023
If only we could see a healthy Westbrook, George, Leonard combo in the playoffs
— jockeymug (@MugJockey) 12 May 2023
This is definitely one of the most memorable moments not only from the playoffs but from entire NBA history.
It hurts the Sixers to this day and is a badge of honor for the Raptors, who later went on to win the Finals.
No matter where Leonard plays or how well he performs, this is one game in his career that will never be forgotten.
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