With conversations arising about the animosity between Kawhi and LeBron, and their ongoing "rivalry," folks were excited to witness the two go head-to-head on Wednesday's Christmas Day matchup.
In the end, it's fair to say that Kawhi took the win this round, coming out with the 11-106 win in Staples as he held LeBron to just 23-points on 37% shooting.
But if you ask Kawhi, it's more about what the team did than anything he did against LeBron by himself.
"It’s not about me guarding a player 1-on-1. We’ve been losing a lot of games from team defense, not even 1-on-1 matchups. For me, it feels like we need more team defense other than you overemphasizing me guarding LeBron or their best player."
Of course, with Patrick Beverley, Paul George, and a slew of other talented defenders, the Clips are certainly one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
And though Kawhi thinks they've been lacking in that area, they showed their true colors yesterday, holding their biggest competitor to 106 points.
The real question is: will these be the results come playoff time? Ultimately, the path through the West must cross these two teams, and it seems inevitable that they will collide in the Conference Finals this spring. We will see how each team fares when the stakes are highest.