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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

Leonard leads Clippers over LeBron and Lakers 112-102

  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 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."

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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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