The 2013 NBA Finals are being billed as a battle of the "Big Three" of the Heat and Spurs. And while you need a superstar(s) to win a title, you also need a strong supporting cast. So The Hoops Manifesto will look to shine some light on these less heralded players with our "The Non-Big Three Star of the Game" award given out after every game of the Finals.
The Non-Big Three Star of Game 3:
Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio
29 minutes, 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 3Pts), 12 boards, 2 assists, 4 steals
Kawhi Leonard probably isn't the popular or obvious choice for the Non-Big Three Star of Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Not when teammate Gary Neal exploded for 24 points and six three-pointers, and Danny Green hit seven three-pointers and posted 27 points. But Leonard gets the nod once again (we gave it to him for Game 1 also; Green got it for Game 2) due to his stellar, under-the-radar, both ends of the court brilliance. He was a beast on the boards once again, scored a very efficient 14 points on 10 shots, but most importantly was his incredible defense. Leonard harassed the best player on the planet, LeBron James, into another dismal performance and has a ball hawk, swiping four balls from the Heat. San Antonio's star of the future is shining in the present.