Clippers not breaking load management rule with Kawhi Leonard

Load management is spoiling a potential NBA Finals preview	
				Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Load management is spoiling a potential NBA Finals preview Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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This was the second time in a week that Leonard was inactive for a game; like the first occasion, the sitdown came on the first night of a back-to-back. "The NBA has fined the Clippers $50,000 for statements, together with by head coach Doc Rivers, that have been inconsistent with Leonard's health standing".

Essentially, Leonard was surprised that the National Basketball Association would just come out and say he has a knee injury especially when the Clippers were trying to keep the specifics under wraps. "I'm not a guy that reads the media anyway".

On Wednesday, the league said it accepted the Clippers plan to sit Leonard, who was listed on the injury report with an ailing knee, in the first of back-to-back games.

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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers looks on during a game against the LA Clippers on November 3, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

The NBA was also involved in this decision, justifying the Clippers' reasoning for sitting Leonard out - an intervention that is unprecedented when it comes to the handling of load management.

"For me, I'm on his side, you know what I mean?"

"I'm disappointed. He's my coach and I'm on his side", Leonard said of the fine.

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On the fine, he added: "That's just disappointing".

"It is what it is".

Leonard has not played in both games of a back-to-back since the 2016-17 season. The Clippers' defense held the duo scoreless in the fourth quarter on a combined 0-for-8 shooting. Last season's roster thrived by dominating bench minutes, but that hasn't been the case so far this year. Rivers has had to straddle the line between Leonard's desire for privacy regarding his health and the league's stance on transparency about injuries and load management.

"I think we said it all", he explained Thursday.

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"That's not what the doctor's subscribing right now [playing in back-to-backs]. We're gonna manage it and just keep moving forward".

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