National Basketball Association approves Clippers' plan to sit Leonard

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2019

Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, coronary heart, and Paul George, third from proper, observe from the bench all through the second fifty p.c of the workforce's NBA basketball exercise in the direction of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles.

As reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Rivers said pregame that Leonard "feels great" and it was the Clippers job "to make sure he stays that way". The NBA then fined the Clippers for statements, include those by Rivers, that were inconsistent with Leonard's health while also detailing Leonard's knee injury.

"I think Kawhi made the statement he's never felt better", Rivers added. Last season's roster thrived by dominating bench minutes, but that hasn't been the case so far this year.

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Kawhi Leonard has been taking "load management" nights off and the return of George will help mitigate the Clippers' drop-off in those games. "The league office, in consultation with the NBA's director of sports medicine, is comfortable with team medical staff's determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time". And it's not a health thing.

Leonard has not played in both games of a back-to-back since the 2016-17 season. The Clippers are hosting the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Leonard played in just nine games for the Spurs in 2017-18 due to a quadriceps injury and played in just 60 of 82 regular-season games for the Toronto Raptors last season. "Really it is, in some ways, we want him to just keep feeling better and getting better".

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