February 1, 2020, 1:54 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard (lower back tightness) will be back in action against the Wolves on Saturday.
Leonard missing last game was a bit worrisome because it wasn't a back-to-back but trouble has been averted. With him and Paul George both healthy, expect the roles of Moe Harkless and Landry Shamet to be reduced a bit.
Source: Tomer Azarly on Twitter
January 31, 2020, 8:29 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard (lower back tightness) is questionable for Saturday's game.
This is not load management folks, just to be clear. Kawhi really is suffering from a nagging minor injury here. While it is more concerning than just maintenance for rest purposes, it does not appear to be serious. Owners who've trusted him this long, should just gut up and wait on their superstar.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
January 31, 2020, 1:47 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard didn't check into Thursday's game.
Leonard went through warmups and was with the team but felt some back soreness and was downgraded to questionable once the game actually began. Hopefully this doesn't become another chronic issue.
January 30, 2020, 11:08 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard is dealing with some back soreness and is questionable to play in Thursday's game.
The game is already underway but this is the explanation for Leonard not starting, even though he went through warmups. Get your load management jokes out of the way.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
January 27, 2020, 6:07 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Lakers vs. Clippers game scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed after the passing of Kobe Bryant on Sunday.
The Lakers had requested the postponement in light of the terrible news and the Clippers had no objection. Kawhi Leonard owners will want to keep tabs on the makeup date to see if it becomes a back-to-back situation. Paul George and Patrick Beverley get a bit more time to recover from their injuries. Montrezl Harrell and the Clippers will play the Kings on Thursday.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
January 26, 2020, 8:47 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard had his game face on in Sunday's 112-97 win over the Magic, exploding for 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting, adding 15 rebounds, seven assists, three treys, one steal and one block.
This is Kawhi doing Kawhi things. He's so good that you just gotta deploy him and let him loose, even if he sits for load management. A top-10 talent when he's on the floor, Kawhi's per game value should be up there by season's end. Even if you impute his missed games, his totals shouldn't be too shabby either.
January 25, 2020, 12:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard notched the first triple-double of his career in Friday's 122-117 win over the Heat, finishing with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, four triples, two steals and a block in 39 minutes.
It was a career night for Leonard who was recently held out of a game with some left knee soreness. With performances like this one it's hard to argue against the Clippers plan to manage his load this season.
January 22, 2020, 1:56 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard (left knee soreness) will not play on Wednesday.
Even the injury report hints at load management being the reason for this absence. Unfortunately, the Clippers are still missing Paul George so Doc Rivers will have to be creative. Montrezl Harrell could have a big night.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 21, 2020, 11:17 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a 110-107 road win over the Mavs on Tuesday with 36 points (12-of-29 FGs, 11-of-12 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and a three in 36 minutes.
All that with just one turnover for Leonard, too. Leonard may sit a game out every other week or so, but he's been the top player on a per game basis over the last month. His number will likely get dialed back a bit when Paul George returns, but there are few better when Leonard takes the floor.
January 18, 2020, 8:14 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard went HAM on the Pelicans on Saturday, dropping 39 points on 15-of-28 shooting from the field with six rebounds, six dimes, one triple, five steals and one block in 34 minutes.
Leonard simply could not be contained as he showed shades of his unstoppable self from last season's Raptors campaign. He's a top-10 asset when he's playing like this, with load management as his only drawback.
January 17, 2020, 5:50 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George (strained left hamstring) will not partake in Saturday's game against the Pelicans.
The Clippers continue to be limited in terms of healthy bodies as George will now miss his fifth straight game. That'll mean more touches heading Kawhi Lenoard and Lou Williams' way. PG13 will get all of the time he needs to rest up as the Clippers remain in a secure place in the standings out West. The fact that he is getting ruled out a day in advance could indicate a return is not imminent.
Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter
January 17, 2020, 2:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard lit up the Magic in Thursday's 122-95 win with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting to go with five rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and four triples.
Leonard did it all again and has been carrying the Clippers as of late. As soon as Paul George (hamstring) gets back, you can expect Leonard's lines to cool off a bit, but he's still going to be an early-round guy regardless. The usual culprits that hinder his value are rest days and injuries, so just watch out for any upcoming back-to-back sets.
January 16, 2020, 5:24 pmPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George will not play against the Magic on Thursday as he continues to recover from a strained left hamstring.
This marks George's fourth consecutive missed game and his 15th missed game of the season. George's next opportunity to return will come on Sunday against the Pelicans. Although George has been producing first-round per-game value, he loses four or five rounds of value when accounting for missed games. With George ruled out, the team will continue to lean more on Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrel while JaMychal Green and Maurice Harkless could see additional minutes
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 15, 2020, 1:23 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a 128-103 blowout win over the Cavs on Tuesday with 43 points (14-for-22 FGs, 9-for-10 FTs), three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes.
Leonard has been even more amazing than usual with Paul George out. George could be back as soon as Thursday, so Kawhi might be getting a day to rest soon. Lou Williams was even more efficient in this win, scoring 24 points on 10-of-13 field goals with a pair of threes, one rebound and four assists.
January 11, 2020, 1:13 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Sans Paul George (sore hamstring), Kawhi Leonard played the role of Alpha for the Clippers in their 109-100 win over the Warriors and dropped 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting.
Leonard also added nine rebounds, five dimes, three steals, two 3s and one block to fully tick all those necessary boxes for a monster line. He should stay a top-10 threat while PG13 is out, that's if he's not resting himself, of course.