Kawhi Leonard

Clippers' Kawhi Leonard on load management criticism: 'It's just disappointing'

Leonard shared his displeasure for receiving criticism on his load-management program and for the NBA fining the Clippers $50,000 for coach Doc Rivers making comments “that were inconsistent with his health status.”

Leonard has followed a load management program ever since he played in only nine games two years ago because of an injured right quad during his final season with the San Antonio Spurs.

Leonard believed that approach helped him win his second NBA championships and second Finals MVP while averaging 39.1 minutes per game during the playoffs.

It remains unclear if Leonard will sit in future back-to-backs, beginning with a road slate next week in Houston (Wednesday) and New Orleans (Thursday).

They have become encouraged, though, with how Leonard and his teammates have helped them absorb Paul George’s absence while recovering from off-season surgery on his left shoulder.

Clippers guard Lou Williams added 26 points off the bench, including making a jumper and a 3-pointer in the final minute.

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