Down the stretch, it’s been the veteran Stephen Jackson, and not rookie Kawhi Leonard, guarding Kevin Durant. Why? As gifted as Leonard is, he was allowing Durant to catch the ball too close to the basket. Jackson, meanwhile, has done an excellent job forcing Durant further away from the hoop. On one play, he forced Durant to waste 13 seconds trying to get open.
Durant is drawing fouls, but all in all, the Spurs will take it.