Max Kleber did not care a lot in regards to the monster dunk that Kawhi Leonard threw down over him within the first recreation of the Mavericks vs. Clippers playoff sequence.
However he drew the road at the staredown he acquired from Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins after the play.
“I feel the staredown ought to’ve been a technical foul, for my part, however that is not my determination,” Kleber stated Sunday, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I did not actually care. I stand up and attempt to hold enjoying, and we saved enjoying. Stuff like that occurs. Clearly, it was an incredible dunk.”
You’ll be able to clearly see that the Clippers stared down Kleber on the very finish of Leonard’s dunk.
However was it sufficient for a technical? Most likely not, contemplating that neither George nor Cousins is standing straight over Kleber. It’ll take greater than that for the officers to make a name, particularly in an in depth recreation to begin a seven-game NBA playoff sequence.
If Kleber needed to keep away from the embarrassment that comes with getting posterized, then he might’ve stepped out of the best way — or fouled Leonard. However as he defined, he had to decide on between selecting up a fourth foul or letting Leonard get a simple bucket.
“That is the playoffs, so I will attempt to contest a shot,” Kleber stated. “I do not care about [being on a highlight]. You do not attempt to surrender straightforward baskets.
“I truthfully did not anticipate him to leap up and dunk, but it surely’s not going to carry me again, as a result of on the finish of the day, each possession counts. I could not foul. I’d do it each time once more.”
Kleber has the proper angle about defending, however contesting pictures comes with penalties. Typically, which means getting posterized and being stared down by your opponents.
And within the playoffs, the refs aren’t going to blow the whistle usually for that.