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Sport NBA sides with Clippers in Kawhi load-management controversy

00:00  07 november  2019
00:00  07 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Rivers addresses late substitution of Kawhi: 'I didn't think we were going to win'

  Rivers addresses late substitution of Kawhi: 'I didn't think we were going to win' Kawhi Leonard's load management became one of the biggest talking points in the league last season, and it's already sparked controversy just three games into his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers. With 4:15 remaining in Saturday's affair and L.A. trailing the Phoenix Suns 115-103, head coach Doc Rivers substituted Leonard out of the game for Moe Harkless. The Clippers would immediately battle back and pulled as close as seven points. However, Leonard remained on the bench until the 1:34 mark. Rivers cited a 30-35 minutes limit for the reigning Finals MVP and wanted to adhere to that as Leonard was already at 31 when he exited the matchup.

The Los Angeles Clippers received approval from the league office before deciding to rest Kawhi Leonard for Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz , according to Rachel Nichols of

Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will be out due to load - management against the Milwaukee Bucks. Superstar Kawhi Leonard is infamous for sitting out during nationally televised games due to load management . He’s sat out in one game so far this season and sat out plenty of times with the

The NBA has no issue with the Los Angeles Clippers resting Kawhi Leonard during back-to-backs.

Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Patterson standing in front of a crowd© Harry How / Getty Images Sport / Getty

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 ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "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."

Doc Rivers defends sitting Kawhi Leonard: ‘We obviously have to do what’s right by our players’

  Doc Rivers defends sitting Kawhi Leonard: ‘We obviously have to do what’s right by our players’ Doc Rivers defends sitting Kawhi Leonard: ‘We obviously have to do what’s right by our players’

There are likely multiple reasons for this, and hey, it's great news for the fans.

The NBA said the Clippers are in compliance with their decision to rest Kawhi Leonard for a nationally televised game on the back end of a back-to-back The Clippers and Leonard are working on a long-range plan to keep him healthy, and that will continue to include sitting out back-to-backs and other

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 adds.

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.

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