Sport NBA sides with Clippers in Kawhi load-management controversy
Leonard leads Clippers over LeBron and Lakers 112-102
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard began a new chapter with the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 30 points to go with a strong bench effort in a 112-102 victory over LeBron James and the Lakers on Tuesday night in the teams' season opener. Lou Williams added 21 points and Montrezl Harrell had 17 off the bench when the Clippers opened their 50th season and 36th in Los Angeles as the once unlikely but now favorites to win the franchise's first NBALOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kawhi Leonard began a new chapter with the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 30 points to go with a strong bench effort in a 112-102 victory over LeBron James and the Lakers on Tuesday night in the teams' season opener.
The NBA has no issue with theresting during back-to-backs.
Los Angeles' decision to sit Leonard for Wednesday's nationally televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks drew criticism on social media, but the league released a statement in defense of the Clippers' load management.
"Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league's resting policy and, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the LA Clippers' injury report," league spokesperson Mike Bass said, according to. "The league office, in consultation with the NBA's director of sports medicine, is comfortable with the team medical staff's determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time."
Rockets' D'Antoni exudes calm despite lame-duck status: 'It's not going to change the way I coach'
Mike D'Antoni is not under contract beyond this season, but he won't let that affect him. Especially when he believes Houston has a true title shot.It also includes coach Mike D’Antoni, who will patrol the sidelines without any assurances on where he will coach after this season.
The Clippers have exercised caution with Leonard after signing him to a three-year, $103-million contract over the summer. He was also kept out of the team's loss to the Utah Jazz on Oct. 30 in order to play the second part of that back-to-back against the San Antonio Spurs. Los Angeles has been working closely with the NBA regarding Leonard's knee in order to abide by the league's injury regulations, Wojnarowski.
That matchup with the Jazz is the one game Leonard has sat out for load management so far this season. The reigning NBA Finals MVP missed 22 games with the Toronto Raptors last season in the wake of a quad injury that limited him to nine contests in 2017-18 and precipitated his trade demand from the Spurs.
Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
First to worst: How Warriors coach Steve Kerr keeps positive attitude with Golden State .
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has little experience with losing. He has changed his approach and philosophies to help his young team meld.Kerr does not just consult his playbook, game footage or various mentors. He also recently read two books titled “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” and Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” The books have nothing to do with basketball. Yet, Kerr believes it has everything to do with how to handle his current job.
Hollywood Hoops NBA Podcast - Early Numbers Show Impact of Dwight Howard, Alex Caruso on L.A. Lakers
At long last, the 2019-20 NBA season is upon us and Hollywood Hoops is ready for it all! With the Lakers and Clippers back in action, Eric Pincus and Josh ...
Lowry on how winning impacted his life, relationship with Kawhi, future with Raps
Kyle Lowry sat down with TSN's Kate Beirness to reflect on the Raptors' NBA championship whirlwind, discuss how he has been preparing for the season as he ...