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

13:32  19 november  2019
13:32  19 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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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.

Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Terrance Ferguson (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)© ASSOCIATED PRESS Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Terrance Ferguson (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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.

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The Clippers have off days in between home games this week against Oklahoma City (Monday), Boston (Wednesday), Houston (Friday) and New Orleans (Nov. The Clippers planned to handle Leonard ’s workload while remaining patient with George to rehab two surgically repaired shoulders.

The Clippers absolutely need him. Without him, they've been lost, unable to rely on the toughness that defined them a year ago.

BOX SCORE: CLIPPERS 90, THUNDER 88

The Clippers hung on to beat Oklahoma City 90-88 Monday night in a game that very easily could've been their fourth loss without Leonard this season. Last year's Toronto Raptors, the team that delivered the Clippers the blueprint for keeping him healthy enough, went 17-5 in games without him.

Monday, the Clippers were just a missed jumper away from loss No. 4.

Coach Doc Rivers rejected the idea that the Clippers would need almost separate teams because of planned player absences.

"I don't think it'll be a problem," Rivers said. "…It won't be a lot.

"We're just going through it right now."

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Doc Rivers said Kawhi Leonard ’s left knee contusion was suffered against the Rockets on Still, this is obviously a bummer for the Clippers , as Leonard doesn't need another issue to deal with, and he's been It's time to find out who's bringing the shoe heat in Vol. 3 of our Sneaker King power rankings.

But what worked before worked so well — there's not a lot of reason to deviate.

Paul George's return was supposed to ease this process — a process designed to get Leonard to the playoffs as close to 100% as possible. He's only three games into things and is clearly still trying to figure out how he fits with his new teammates.

George missed Montrezl Harrell on two passes in the first half before connecting with him for a lob in the fourth. He's blown some key late-game defensive assignments — the kinds of mistakes that surely won't persist for a player of his tremendous skill on both sides of the ball.

But even without George, the Clippers seemed perfectly built for this precise task. They are, after all, largely the same team that stood eye-to-eye with teams way more talented. Sure, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari were big parts of that, but the Clippers seemed to thrive as the underdog.

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Leonard is coming off an all-time NBA playoff run that saw him lead the Toronto Raptors to Canada’s first NBA title.

But here's the thing — they're not underdogs anymore. Everyone around the league knows they need to play well and play hard to beat the Clippers. No one is surprised by that anymore.

Recapturing their unapologetic "we-win-despite-being-less-talented" attitude won't be easy because the Clippers aren't less talented than anyone.

A game like Monday was just as much about defensive grit as it was about both teams missing fairly clean looks.

And the Clippers missing open shots? That's an entirely different issue.

With Leonard (and George together), the Clippers' identity should be easy to find — they'll have two of the very best players in the league on the same team and they'll be able to keep one on the court at all times.

But while we wait for the other big duo in Los Angeles to debut (maybe Wednesday against Boston), the Clippers should try and find comfort in the pair they've ridden over the past year-plus — Lou Williams and Harrell.

The two shared the court more than any other two Clippers did a year ago, one of the most feared pick-and-roll combinations in the NBA.

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Why would Leonard join the Clippers ? The Clippers rank No. 9 in the league in adjusted net rating by scoring 2.92 points per 100 possessions more than their opponent, and A lot of the team’s talent will be here a year from now, meaning there won ’t need to be a lot of reconstruction if Leonard joins.

Monday in the first half while the Clippers clanked open threes, Williams slid past defenders for his pillowy-soft fading jumpers.

And when defenses committed to him, he was always ready to hit Harrell with the perfect pass to a terrific finisher near the hoop.

"That was Trez, rolling down the paint, and he took advantage of it," Rivers said.

The magnetism between the two is undeniable, Harrell is a willing screener who always seems to be in the right place for easy baskets at and above the rim. Every time Williams dribbles the ball, Harrell looks for him because it's good offense.

The Clippers can hope that they have George and Leonard for most of the season. It might even be the plan right now.

But the reality is that the Clippers are going to play a sizable percentage of the season without Leonard.

No one around the league expects anything different.

It's why figuring out how to make it easier without Leonard should be the Clippers' top priority.

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