Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) is shielded by Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard during a initial half of an NBA basketball diversion Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The NBA fined a Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for statements done by manager Doc Rivers and others that were “inconsistent” about Kawhi Leonard’s health.
Leonard sat out a 129-124 home detriment to a Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, a second time he’s missed a nationally televised front finish of a back-to-back this season. He had 27 points and 13 rebounds in a nationally televised 107-101 win over Portland on Thursday night.
“I’m disappointed. He’s my manager and I’m on his side,” Leonard pronounced of a fine. “I’m not a doctor, though we’re going to do what’s best for me to be healthy so we can play basketball games. we can’t review too most into it.”
The NBA primarily reliable a Clippers were agreeable with joining manners in resting Leonard since of a knee injury. It was what Rivers pronounced before a diversion that in partial triggered a fine.
“He feels great,” Rivers pronounced Wednesday. “But he feels good since of what we’ve been doing, and we’re only going to continue to do it. There’s no regard here.”
Rivers cited “a lot of minutes” that Leonard racked adult final deteriorate while heading Toronto to a initial NBA championship.
“I consider Kawhi done a matter that he’s never felt better,” Rivers said. “It’s a pursuit to make certain he stays that way.”
Less than 24 hours later, a NBA fined a Clippers for statements, including those by Rivers, that were unsuitable with Leonard’s health standing while also detailing his knee injury. At a same time, a joining validated a group was in line with NBA manners in sitting Leonard.
“The group has pretty dynamic that Leonard is pang from an ongoing damage to a patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by a group during this time on an damage custom for back-to-back games,” a league’s matter said.
Leonard played 60 games during a 2018-19 unchanging deteriorate and another 24 in a playoffs for Toronto. He averaged 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in a postseason and was MVP of a NBA Finals.
Before training stay with a Clippers, a 28-year-old brazen pronounced he was feeling “way better” than he did during a start of final deteriorate and that no bucket government devise was in place yet.
Rivers indicated he was unhappy by a fine.
“I consider we pronounced it all,” he explained Thursday. “I’m not removing into it. What we said, we said.”
Leonard is averaging career highs in points (29.3), rebounds (7.3), assists (5.7), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.0). He’s averaging 30.5 mins per game.