Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau on Kawhi Leonard: "He is terrific. He is an MVP candidate. To me, All-Stars and MVPs, you look at what they do for their team and winning. There are people that they can get stats on. But they don't contribute to winning. He does everything to help his team win. I think he had 17 shots, great defense, unselfishness, great plays, plays with a lot of toughness and that's how you win. When you are as dominant as he is defensively, to me he is the defensive player of the year candidate. He is always on top every year. He is disruptive, and the demeanor that he plays with gives their team a lot of poise."