SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The task of guarding Miami superstar LeBron James in the NBA Finals will fall primarily to San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
The second-year pro says he knows it's a great challenge, but he's looking forward to it. James is averaging 26.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists in the playoffs. He is also shooting 51 percent overall and 39 percent on 3-pointers.
Facing a player on a hot streak isn't new to San Antonio this postseason following showdowns with Golden State's Stephen Curry and Memphis' Zach Randolph. But the Spurs say they hope to force James to give up the ball as much as they can once the finals begin Thursday night in Miami.