Most electrifying NBA play of 2017 so far: Tyler Ulis or Kawhi Leonard? | The Tylt
Most electrifying NBA play of 2017 so far: Tyler Ulis or Kawhi Leonard?
In the NBA, size is highly scrutinized. However, many players have shown it’s not the size of the dog in the fight—but you don’t have to tell Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis.
Standing at 5'9", Ulis is one of the smaller players in the NBA, but has a knack for coming up big in pressure-filled moments. Against the Boston Celtics, the Suns were down 106-104 when Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe hit a layup to tie the game with four seconds left. After a poor inbound pass, Ulis picked the ball from Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (another diminutive baller), and threw up a three-pointer as time expired. The shot was good, and one of the most exciting plays of 2017 was in the books.
Many players can say they are great two-way players, but not many can prove it on the court. Kawhi Leonard doesn’t have that problem.
With the San Antonio Spurs down by one, Leonard fired a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Nene to give the Spurs a two-point lead with 25.4 seconds left in the game. However, Houston Rockets guard James Harden loves to play the hero as well, and was barreling down on Leonard.
After getting a screen from Nene, Harden charged in the lane with only David Lee standing between him and the basket. Lee, not known for being a great defender, could only watch as Harden rose up over him for what looked like an easy layup. Only the ball never made it to the rim. Leonard, recovering from Nene’s screen, came from behind to block Harden’s shot to win the game for San Antonio.