In a mid-season game in 2017, Kawhi Leonard subsequently made fans and opponents react wildly with a sequence of moves.
The San Antonio Spurs started the play with a steal, bringing the ball up to Kawhi in the front-court. Despite having the smaller Victor Oladipo guarding him in the chaos, Leonard looked to cook the OKC Thunder guard’s ankles first with a left-right between-the-legs dribble which immediately transitioned to a drive right. In the blink of the eye, Leonard reversed course to the left and Oladipo’s feet looked to be stuck in quicksand.
Kawhi’s quickness caught defenders off-guard as the recovering Steven Adams could hardly jump before fouling Leonard on a double-clutch, no-look, reverse layup. With the crowd oohing and aahing, you can see Thunder big man Joffrey Lauvergne on the bench emphatically throw down his towel in anger. Kawhi will do that to you.
The sneakers Kawhi rocked for this game was the Air Jordan XXXI. This 31st sneaker in the line took elements from the Air Jordan 1, with heel panels mimicking the original Air Jordan sneaker. The midfoot and toe featured a soft Flyweave material that proved durable as well. Full-length Zoom Air and a FlightSpeed plate provided maximum bounce no matter where your foot lands.
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