Kawhi Leonard Calls 2013 Miami Heat ‘Greatest Team I Have Ever Played’

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As the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty has headlined the current part of this decade, many have forgotten how dominant the Big 3 Miami Heat teams were.

However, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, who had plenty of battles with them, offered high praise for the 2013 Heat squad.

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Leonard, 27, faced the Heat in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. Although he was just a sophomore back then, superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were in their primes and nearly unstoppable together.

During the 2013 NBA Finals, James averaged 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. The forward willed the Heat back from a 3-2 deficit and captured Finals MVP honors in the process. The crushing defeat left the Spurs hungry to get revenge on the Heat and win another championship before legend Tim Duncan retired.

Led by Leonard in the 2014 Finals, the story went much differently as the Spurs outworked and outplayed the Heat. The 6-foot-7 forward recorded 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest to earn his first championship and Finals MVP award.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.