The Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns will clash in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs.
This is will be one of the most entertaining duels in the postseason.
Besides the duel between former teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, we’ll have another great matchup.
Kawhi Leonard, one of the best players in the league, had plenty of things to say about facing Durant.
Kawhi Leonard on facing Kevin Durant:
"He's a great player. These are the fun parts of it, just going out there and competing against a guy like him that's been doing it year after year. Everybody's gonna have to take the challenge."
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 14, 2023
Back in 2019, we had the chance to see these two going at it in the playoffs.
Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Finals, while Durant did the same with the Warriors.
They couldn’t battle it out as expected since Durant suffered a season-ending injury.
Kawhi, on the other hand, took advantage of that and led his team to the promised land.
They surely have unfinished business, and Durant feels the same about Leonard.
"I played against Kawhi when he was young coming into the league and he didn't have this role that he has now."
Kevin Durant on facing Kawhi Leonard in the #NBAPlayoffs . #Suns #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/opSaltX5Pf
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) April 13, 2023
The evolution of these two players has been great and fans can’t wait to see this matchup.
This series presents two big teams in the West, and perhaps a championship squad.
Both these teams have the talent and coaching staff to make a deep playoff run.
Game 1 of the series is set for this Sunday, with the Clippers visiting Arizona.NEXT: Russell Westbrook Officially Falls Short In Sixth-Man Race