Leonard is not expected to play on Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro according to multiple sources, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports. While Leonard has made no official statement about his decision, it shouldn't come as a surprise if the two-time Defensive Player of the Year ends up staying home during the Summer Olympics. Leonard would join the likes of Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul, among others, who have all declined their invitation to Team USA due to lingering injuries and growing health concerns attributed to the prominence of the Zika virus in Rio.
Leonard tallied 22 points (9-23 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and three steals over 37 minutes in Thursday's 113-99 season-ending Game 6 loss to the Thunder. The All-Star forward was outplayed by Kevin Durant overall, but did turn in his usual numbers throughout the course of the series. Leonard averaged 23.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.5 blocks and 2.5 steals over the six games, and scored between 21 and 31 points in five of those contests. His shooting was inconsistent however, as he posted a success rate from the field south of 40 percent in three of those outings, and only managed to drain 28 percent of his 21 three-point attempts.
Leonard totaled 26 points (12-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, five steals, and four assists across 39 minutes during the Spurs' 95-91 loss to the Thunder in Tuesday's Game 5. Leonard was mostly superb in Game 5, but he allowed Russell Westbrook to steal some clutch long rebounds in the fourth quarter. In round two, Leonard is averaging 23.4 points (on 51 percent from the field) to go with seven rebounds, 3.4 dimes, and 2.4 steals across 35 minutes. Since he hasn't seen less than 36 minutes since the blowout win in Game 1, it's reasonable to think Leonard could exceed 40 minutes during Thursday's must-win Game 6.
Leonard went for 31 points (9-17 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 10-14 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block over 39 minutes in Friday's 100-96 Game 3 victory over the Thunder. The All-Star forward was not only outstanding while leading the team in scoring, but his key offensive rebound off a LaMarcus Aldridge miss led to two key free throws by Tony Parker with 18 seconds remaining that effectively sealed the victory. Leonard's point total was his highest of the series to date, and second in the postseason only to his 32-point effort against the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Spurs' first-round series. He's averaging 23.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals through the first three games of the semifinal round.
Leonard managed 25 points (10-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and five assists over 22 minutes in Saturday's 124-92 Game 1 second-round victory over the Thunder. Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge almost dismantled the Thunder themselves, combining for 45 points in the first half. Due to the comfortable lead, the All-Star was also able to get plenty of rest on the bench, with his 22-minute allotment serving as his lowest of the postseason so far. The 24-year-old has been outstanding overall in the playoffs, and his defensive prowess will be especially valuable versus Kevin Durant for the remainder of the series.
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