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Sport Kawhi Leonard on Clippers integrating Paul George: Only thing to do is just play

13:25  11 november  2019
13:25  11 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Leonard's big fourth quarter lifts Clippers over Jazz

  Leonard's big fourth quarter lifts Clippers over Jazz LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 18 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 105-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. Leonard's scoring surge helped the Clippers erase a double-digit second-half deficit and remain unbeaten (4-0) at home. He only made 9 of 26 shots, but with the game tied at 86, Leonard scored six points to spark a 19-8 run to close out the victory. Montrezl Harrell scored 19BOX SCORE:  CLIPPERS 105, JAZZ 94

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Eight years later, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are together. The Clippers forwards were almost teammates when George played for the Indiana Pacers and the team drafted a 19-year-old prospect from San Diego State in 2011.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 3: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Utah Jazz on November 3, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)© 2019 NBAE LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 3: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Utah Jazz on November 3, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

Report: Clippers targeting next week for PG's return

  Report: Clippers targeting next week for PG's return There appears to be a bit more clarity regarding Paul George's long-awaited Los Angeles Clippers debut. The Clippers are targeting one of their games in next week's back-to-back set against the Houston Rockets (Nov. 13) and New Orleans Pelicans (Nov. 14) for George's return, league sources told The Athletic's Sam Amick. If the six-time All-Star plays against the Rockets, he's not expected to suit up against the Pelicans, reports Amick. It wasThe Clippers are targeting one of their games in next week's back-to-back set against the Houston Rockets (Nov. 13) and New Orleans Pelicans (Nov. 14) for George's return, league sources told The Athletic's Sam Amick.

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Instead, George watched Leonard grow from afar after the mild-mannered wing player was traded to San Antonio, transformed from a defensive specialist to all-around star and won two NBA championships. Getting to bear witness up close this year hasn't disappointed.

"Everything is true about his makeup," George said of Leonard. "Works hard, great teammate, great locker room guy.

"He actually does talk," George added with a laugh. "He's a fun guy. The legend's true."

George, who is coming off a most-valuable-player-caliber season in which he posted career bests in points (28), rebounds (8.2), assists (4.1) and steals (2.2) for Oklahoma City, soon will get to write a story alongside Leonard. When George returns from two shoulder surgeries, the combination of him and Leonard has beautiful possibilities for the Clippers, in search of their first championship.

NBA sides with Clippers in Kawhi load-management controversy

  NBA sides with Clippers in Kawhi load-management controversy The NBA has no issue with the Los Angeles Clippers resting Kawhi Leonard 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 ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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"Their game has its similarities," said Clippers forward Patrick Patterson, who played with George in Oklahoma City the last two seasons. "You can see everything Kawhi is doing, Paul can do as well, but Paul is just another equal, beautiful option out there."

George, who participated in live drills Saturday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgeries in May and June, won't play Monday against the Toronto Raptors (6-2) after the team ruled him out Sunday. Patterson said George already showed "flashes" of the player who finished third in last year's MVP voting. It was in his defensive prowess, ability to get steals and hit "nothing but net" jump shots.

George said he hopes to transition easily into the team's system when ready. He doesn't want to interrupt the flow that's gotten the Clippers (6-3) to fifth in the NBA in offensive rating and seventh in net rating. When he is not managing his workload and sitting next to George on the bench, Leonard has averaged 29 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals.

Clippers still waiting for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to share court

  Clippers still waiting for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to share court Paul George made his home debut for the Clippers on Saturday night, but Kawhi Leonard sat out to rest his sore left knee."There’s no concern," coach Doc Rivers said. "It’s day-to-day.

Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is looking forward to his reunion with reigning NBA Leonard led the Raptors to their first NBA title last season before leaving Toronto for the Clippers via free "And just congratulate them and be able to shake hands and compete." Asked what he will

Kawhi Leonard chose the Clippers and convinced Paul George to force the Thunder to trade him to Los Angeles as well. They formed their own superteam Sure, there were risks, but they had to do it — and it was the right move. They came close to landing Leonard and having the greatest “big three”

Coach Doc Rivers said he believes the stars will align with their high basketball IQ and serious approach to the game. But it will take time.

"The only thing to do is just play," Leonard said. "It's hard to do it any other way. You got to go out there, play, like I said, make mistakes, argue, having great communication and moving forward."

The Southern California natives maneuvered their way to L.A. together after Leonard led the Raptors to their first title last season and George manufactured a trade from the Thunder. They're two players who are as tenacious on defense as they are on offense. George, who led the NBA in steals last season, will give the team an option for a larger lineup on defense, Rivers said, although the coach did not know definitively whose role George would fill upon his return.

While the six-time All-Star forward said he doesn't want to disrupt the team, a shakeup is guaranteed nonetheless.

"Anybody who thinks they're going to keep their minutes and Paul's not going to get them is probably not very rational, anyway, when you think about it," Rivers said. "That's why teams work, because you have to understand that."

Woike: Clippers need to find blueprint to win without Kawhi Leonard

  Woike: Clippers need to find blueprint to win without Kawhi Leonard The Clippers didn't use the term "load management" in their justification for Kawhi Leonard missing the last two games. He didn't play because of a "knee contusion" — an injury he suffered Friday. Leonard's knee might really be bruised, and it might really be why he hasn't been available the last two games. But whatever the reason, it's obvious that Leonard's load is going to need to be managed this season because there's no hiding from it. The Clippers absolutely need him. Without him, they've been lost, unable to rely on the toughness that defined them a year ago.

Paul George on pairing with Kawhi Leonard on Clippers : 'This was destined'. With a predictably "fired up" Steve Ballmer getting things started, Leonard and George were introduced George said it felt like he and Leonard were "destined" to play together ever since he was a young player in Indiana

Kawhi Leonard on Clippers partnership with Paul George : 'We can make history here'. Alanis Thames. But underneath those many factors that pulled them toward the Clippers was the chance to play so close to home. “ Just being able to be here full time,” George said of playing in Los Angeles.

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VS. TORONTO RAPTORS

When: 7:30 p.m., Monday.

Where: Staples Center.

On the air: TV: Prime; Radio: 570.

Update: Kawhi Leonard faces his former team for the first time since leading the Raptors to their first NBA title. The star forward's 29 points per game rank fifth in the NBA. … Paul George (shoulder surgery) won't make his season debut despite returning to live drills Saturday.

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LOS ANGELES - Two nights after closing a victory with a block, Kawhi Leonard ended another Los Angeles Clippers rally with a bucket, a fist pump and a deflection. Leonard drove right on Houston's P.J. Tucker, pivoted to find room and lofted an 18-foot, go-ahead jumper with 15.4 seconds remaining Friday at Staples Center to cap a second consecutive wild victory that featured a 10-2 Clippers run in the final two minutes. “All Kawhi needs is an inch,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.BOX SCORE: CLIPPERS 122, ROCKETS 119With 1.2 seconds remaining, Leonard sealed the win as one of three defenders attempting to deny an inbounds pass to Houston’s James Harden.

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