Load management to sideline Kawhi Leonard vs. Jazz
NBA.com Global on Oct 31, 2019 07:37 AM
Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard looks at the scoreboard during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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It appears load management has begun in L.A.
Clippers star forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) game against the Utah Jazz, Doc Rivers told reporters.
Kawhi Leonard will sit out tonight in Utah and play tomorrow in San Antonio, Doc Rivers said.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 30, 2019
Kawhi Leonard is technically being called “out, load management, knee” by the team.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) October 30, 2019
The team is listing him out due to "load management, knee."
Leonard missed 22 games last season with the Toronto Raptors, who rested their All-Star in an effort to keep him healthy for the playoffs and ensure that his quad -- which he injured with the San Antonio Spurs -- had properly healed. Leonard played in all postseason contests and won Finals MVP.
The Clippers (3-1) have started Leonard in all four games this season, but Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) tilt is L.A.'s first back-to-back of the 2019-20 campaign. Leonard is expected to play Thursday (Friday, PHL time) against the Spurs.
The 28-year-old is averaging 27.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game this season.