Kawhi Leonard 'Shocked' NBA Revealed Details Of Injury

Ross Houston
November 10, 2019

Kawhi Leonard has proven this load management fiasco has a palpable objective, as he took over during Thursday's 107-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, showcasing there's a method to the madness of sitting him out for part of back-to-backs, even after having more than a year to recover from a quad injury.

Rivers said Leonard felt "great" prior to Wednesday's prime-time showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks, a game the All-Star sat out due to load management.

The NBA also said "Leonard is suffering from an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by the team at this time on an injury protocol for back-to-back games".

The Clippers will play 13 more back-to-back games this season, and there's no definitive plan for Leonard to avoid appearing in both contests, sources told The Athletic's Jovan Buha and Sam Amick.

"I'm not a guy that reads the media anyway", Leonard, who had 27 points and 13 rebounds in a 107-101 victory over Portland, said of the content in the NBA's statement.

"Over the last six minutes of the game, we got stops, got rebounds and made our free throws. We want him to just keep feeling better and getting better". Leonard leads the National Basketball Association in fourth-quarter scoring, now averaging 13.5 points in six final periods, including back-to-back 18 points outbursts. Leonard said. "I'm a Clipper, he's my coach".

A Clippers win may seem on the cards, but Portland are sure to be stiff opposition at the Staples Center and with an average of 114.6 points in their five road trips, we believe a price of 18/25 is great value for over 111.5 team points in the last of our Clippers vs Trail Blazers betting tips. "I saw a couple of shots go in and it got me in a groove".

Not only did he score 15 or more fourth-quarter points for the third straight game, he also outdueled Portland's formidable backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in this nationally televised game. The team waited until the fourth quarter to fire it up, earning a victory highly attributed to stellar defense.

Last week, Leonard sat out at Utah in the first of a back-to-back set of games before doing the same against Milwaukee on Wednesday. "He was able to take it to another gear in the fourth quarter".

Damian Lillard has done everything possible to avoid Portland's sleepy start, averaging 31.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, while the summer signing Hassan Whiteside is accumulating 14.3 points, 12 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Asked if there is a middle ground between those two competing mandates, the veteran coach said, "I'm scared to answer".

"That's not what the doctor's subscribing right now [playing in back-to-backs]". He said, "I've had her [Anne Marie] for 21 years". He's a championship coach, I'm trying to get one with him.

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