Late the fourth quarter of Game 3 in the second round series between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, Murray drove the lane and soared for a dunk. Leonard rotated over and contested him above the rim. Kawhi just had enough for the block by the literal tip of his finger.
Seriously: Kawhi swatted a dunk attempt with only his middle finger. In crunch-time of a tied playoff series.
I repeat: middle finger block!
The Clippers would go on the win, 113-107, to go up 2-1 in the second round series.
Leonard followed up a sub-par Game 2 by going off for 23 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists against Denver in Game 3. Co-star Paul George was even better, finishing with 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field.
The bubble playoffs have been awesome so far. Kawhi’s middle finger block feels like one of its best moments so far.